Kamran Akmal lauded Team India for its bench strength, claiming they can easily field three different sides in international cricket at the same time. The former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman was speaking in reference to the fact that India will be fielding two different sides at the same time very soon.
While the first-choice squad, led by Virat Kohli, will be in England for a long Test tour, another team will be representing the country in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in July. He credited Team India’s right mindset for their amazing rise in international cricket over the last few years.
“Full credit to India’s mindset. Two teams will be playing at a time soon, one in England and one in Sri Lanka. Their cricket culture is so strong that they can field three international teams at the same time. This is because they have made no compromises at the grass-root level,” he said on his YouTube channel.
Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who coached the India A and U-19 sides before taking over as head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), is likely to coach the team in Sri Lanka. Akmal credited the legendary batsman for working with the youngsters and grooming them.
“Rahul Dravid has been working with the BCCI for seven-eight years I think, and look where he has taken Indian cricket. Dravid has readied players for international cricket at the grass-root level. Then, in the Indian team, Ravi Shastri has guided them really well as head coach,” he added.
“As captain, first MS Dhoni and now Virat Kohli have carried the team brilliantly. In between, when Kohli was resting, Rohit Sharma took over. Look at the captaincy options they have.
“If Rohit is injured, then they have KL Rahul. They are not affected even if big players are unavailable. Even if India sends a C team to Sri Lanka they will win. The Lankans recently lost to Bangladesh,” he further claimed.
Akmal also pointed out another major factor behind India’s steady rise in international cricket. He feels that the players are looked after well financially by the BCCI.
“Financially as well, they (BCCI) have supported players, which matters a lot. In the IPL, players from around the world take part. Young Indians get a chance to share the dressing room with global legends, which boosts their confidence.
“All Indian captains from Sourav Ganguly to Virat Kohli have led the team with utmost honesty and have inspired the team to perform. Everyone from Pakistan cricketers to New Zealand great Richard Hadlee to Greg Chappell is appreciating Indian cricket,” he concluded.