Productive Evolution has adhered Indian cricket over the past decade. The fitness levels have gone unmatched, the batting and bowling skills have developed efficiently, the hpower standards have raised bars and the balance amidst the team has been restored. This transformation however has its base rooted deep in India’s domestic institution. The number of First class Matches played not only in the country but also abroad has evidently increased. Be it the renewed Ranji trophy format, domestic limited over tournaments or the frequent India ‘A’ tours, cricket in India has been richly benefited with talent and growth. The U 19 and women’s tours have also attracted attention from the cricketing fraternity.
BCCI’s initiative to give the deserving and talented a chance to prove their worth has amassed praise over the globe. New leaders in form of Manish Pandey and Karun Nair have emerged from recent first class tours to Australia and South Africa. Apart from boosting the confidence of these youngsters, BCCI has also ensured a pool of in-form players to choose from. Rising up to the occasion since MS Dhoni’s retirement in test cricket, Wriddhiman Saha stands a perfect example to how these domestic matches have lent India worthy match-winners. Likes of Pruthvi Shaw, Shubham Gill and Abhishek Sharma are few others coming in to fray from India’s junior cricketing circuit. The tours have benefitted the batsman to learn absorb pressure and bowlers to adapt to the foreign conditions.
Under the watchful eyes of Shashank Sharma, mentored by Rahul Dravid both the U19 as well as the India A team has also embarked success in recent past. Venkatesh Prasad and BCCI have done a stupendous job to identify the talent and shower them with opportunities. Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have made a cut into the national side across formats and they un-hesitantly owe it to the Rahul Dravid School of coaching. Emergence of gutsy, confident and skilful players like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shreyash Iyer have also signified a certain Indian dominance in future. IPL too plays an influential role in shaping up of these youngsters with Washington Sundar, Sarfaraz Khan being an ideal example. Playing with the overseas legends, they have got acquainted to various cricketing cultures from around the globe helping develop their skills more efficiently. Stepping up when needed, leading the way from the front and implementing innovative ideas with firm basics has been a trump for all these players. Taking a leaf from Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s book, these youngsters are also seen striving for fitness and attaining required agility. The eager to play and win games for the country and the hunger to express freely on the cricket field has rubbed off from the senior players to these impressive toddlers.
With India all set to play another home season along with a short South African tour, these youngsters would surely look to make a cut.
They will certainly look to make the experience and the exposure count. Not only them but the domestic players will also look to make inwards to the first class sides proving their worth in the newly inducted Ranji Trophy format. World cricket today has reached a phase where it’s not only about consistency, hitting power standards or the skill of the players but also about the adaptability of the nation’s domestic institution as a whole to cater to all needs. India however ensures to have enough flare to build up to a glorious 2019 WC campaign.