This India team can be the best Test playing nation for a very long time, says VVS Laxman
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman feels that the busy home schedule will give the Indian team a great opportunity to strengthen their position in Test cricket. Currently, at number 2 in Test rankings, India will play 13 Tests in the upcoming home season and have a good chance to reach the top of the ranking once again. The elegant batsman said that the Indian team has the potential to dominate the longest format of the game for a long time.
Talking to the Press Trust of India, the legendary batsman said:“It’s a great opportunity for India because they are going to play three quality Test playing countries. This India team has the potential to be the number one and they can be the best Test playing nation for a very long time.”
Explaining the reason for his prediction about the team, the retired cricketer said that the Indian team is full of youngsters and their experience of overseas conditions will help them to excel.
“The reason for that is everyone is young in their Test careers and also they have played a lot in overseas conditions. From personal experience I have seen that once you play overseas you become an allround player because you get to play in different types of wickets, different weather conditions, different kinds of oppositions who are very good in their own backyard.
“So I think they are well rounded cricketers now and playing in India they know what kind of conditions to expect, it gives the team the right kind of platform to showcase its talent, play to their potential and once they do that they will start dominating Test cricket for a long time,” Laxman said.
Laxman said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is fortunate to have a great pool of players.
“I think Virat Kohli is very fortunate to have players from which he can choose depending on the playing conditions. They have really impressed not only in Indian conditions but all over the world and all of them have great work ethic.
“ Kohli is an inspiration, a trendsetter for me as he inspires his colleagues to raise the benchmark. He is always looking for wins. He is flexible and has conveyed the message that he is here to win,” he said.
Commenting on coach Anil Kumble, he said: “Anil is one of the most hard working cricketers I have come across and I am sure he will instill the same as a coach as well and it started off well in the West Indies. I believe that Virat and Anil will continue in same vein.”
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