The main team, led by Virat Kohli, will locks horns with Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final followed by a five-match Test series against England. As per reports, on the other hand, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Sri Lanka. Former Indian batsmen VVS Laxman shared his views on the same.
The depth of Indian cricket, currently, is immense, to say the least. The fact that the BCCI has sent one team to England and will send a second-string Indian side to Sri Lanka in July bears a testament to the enviable talent of Indian cricket. That particular side is expected to consist of a few senior players, who failed to make the cut in the main team, along with a handful of uncapped players.
VVS Laxman has been one of the finest batsmen of the world, his memorable knock of 281 runs against the Aussies is unforgettable. For the past few years, Laxman has been quite active as a commentator and cricket analyst. In a recent interview, Laxman shared his thoughts on the talented Indian pool and the upcoming WTC final.
VVS Laxman on Indian team:
While a recent interaction, Laxman was asked whether this culture of sending two different teams can become a norm. The last time it happened was in 1998 when one team featured in the Commonwealth Games and the other one played in the Sahara Cup in Toronto. This is what the cricket veteran had to say-
“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.”
The 46-year-old also heaped praise on his teammate Rahul Dravid’s contribution and the IPL, saying these two factors helped in recognizing quality players.
“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. “
Concluding his point, Laxman said that this concept is something Team India can definitely adopt in the future.
“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.”
While sharing his views on the upcoming WTC final Laxman said India will start as favorites in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand. This what the legend had to say-
“Both the teams are good, but I think India will start as favorites because of the way the Indian team has played – not only over the last couple of years but over a period of time.”
The Indian team is currently under quarantine in Southampton, England. The entire contingent, including the support and coaching staff, and the women’s team, checked in at the Hilton Hotel on June 3. The hotel is located on the premises of the Ageas Bowl, the venue for the grand finale.