Ravi Shastri names 3 Indian cricketers who are brilliant
Ravi Shastri has recently stepped down as Team India head coach
Under Shastri, India became an indomitable Test side both at home and on overseas conditions
Shastri says IPL contributed in a big way to India's rise as a cricketing powerhouse
"They are brilliant! Pant, Shubman Gill, Bumrah – it has only been a couple of years since they made their India debut. They have the same belief as their predecessors; it’s just that the exuberance of youth and the fearlessness is far greater. They come in far more experienced than the previous generations," Shastri said in an interview with The Week.
Shastri has recently stepped down as Team India head coach after being at the helm for around four years. During his tenure, he saw MS Dhoni taking retirement after winning three ICC trophies for India while a bunch of youngsters made their debut for India.
Shastri also oversaw the emergence of a fearsome pace quartet, which made India indomitable abroad. As India’s style of play changed, they emerged as a dominant force on overseas conditions. A series win in Australia and a 2-1 lead in England in a cancelled Test series in 2021 are testaments to India’s abilities.
While Gill is now a regular top-order batter for India in Test cricket, Delhi Capitals captain Pant and Bumrah have proved themselves as the team’s vital cogs across the three formats.
Bumrah, 28, has been Team India’s mainstay in the pace attack in all three formats. He has already taken 101 wickets in Tests and 108 in ODIs and 66 in T20Is, while Pant, 24, has been an important middle-order batter for India. He is also adding value as an ever-improving wicket-keeper. Gill, 22, on the other hand, is gradually cementing his place in the team with some solid performances.
'IPL made a difference'
Shastri also said playing in IPL and sharing the dressing room with cricketers from various nations helped Indian cricketers in a big way.
"I have always said that the IPL has made a difference – to share a dressing room with the best in the world, play with and against them and then come into the Indian team; (it makes them) far more experienced. When I was playing, the maximum pace I had faced in domestic cricket was 74kmph. Then, (when I made it) to the Indian team, (I faced) Imran Khan and the West Indies pacers. The exposure level is vastly different," pointed out Shastri.