Former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal commented on India’s tour of Sri Lanka scheduled later this year. He looked highly impressed with the bench strength of ‘Men in Blue’. Akmal mentioned that India makes no compromises when it comes to the grass-root level.
The Indian team is set to play the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand followed by five Test matches against England. However, another team will fly from India to Sri Lanka for three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
Kamran Akmal also leapt praises for former India captain Rahul Dravid for working hard with the junior cricketers and shaping their careers. The 39-year old also talked about the role of the national team’s head coach Ravi Shastri.
“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,” Akmal said on his YouTube channel.
“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.”
Akmal showers light on captaincy options available with team India
The former cricketer was in awe of the captaincy options available with the current Indian team. He further added that India will emerge victorious even if they send a C team to Sri Lanka as the latter lost against Bangladesh recently.
“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,” Akmal added.
“Even if India sends a C team to Sri Lanka they will win. The Lankans recently lost to Bangladesh.”