“A lot of these players got opportunities to showcase their talents”: VVS Laxman praises India’s large talent pool
Two India teams will take field simultaneously- one playing Test and the other ODI series. Laxman credited India A programme under Rahul Dravid, National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) contribution and the IPL for it.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman stated that India is lucky to have a large pool of talent. A lot of players are confident because they have ample opportunities to perform observed Laxman.
In an interaction with Sportstar, VVS Laxman lauded the Indian domestic structure for the place India is in, which will have two separate teams playing Test and ODI – simultaneously.
Laxman who played 134 Tests for India, credits a strong Indian domestic structure.
“What happened over the last couple of years in Indian cricket is very exciting. We have a very strong pool of players to choose from. Our domestic structure is so robust that there is so much opportunity for unearthing a lot of talented players.”
A star-studded Team India will be playing World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in England (June 18-22) followed by a five match Test series against hosts England in August – September. Another Indian Team will take the fi in the limited-overs format against Sri Lanka in July consisting of a few senior playing who just missed the bus and few uncapped players. The previous instance where one team took two fields was way back in 1998. One Indian team played in the Commonwealth Games and another one competed in the Sahara Cup in Toronto.
A 2011 Padma Shri awardee, VVS Laxman outlined four major reasons for such a large pool of talent in India.
“The India A program under Rahul (Dravid) and the contribution of NCA and of course the IPL – these three – are the reasons why we got so many quality players. And the best thing is that by default a lot of these players got opportunities to showcase their talents and that’s why the confidence level is so high,” Laxman pointed out.
Laxman who averaged 45 and a half in Tests said, having so many players, India can adopt two team policy for the future as well.
“I believe that India is very lucky to have so many talented players. It may be a problem for other countries because the talent pool is not as deep as it is available for us. So definitely, India can look at fielding two teams. We are fortunate to have some experienced players who will be going to Sri Lanka, who can walk into any international side.” Laxman concluded.