Ravi Shastri has named three Indian cricketers who he believes exude confidence and fearlessness, and also display more reliance than cricketers of past generations.
Shastri called time on his role as the head coach of the Indian cricket team last month after they bowed out of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup.
During his tenure, the former cricketer worked with several promising stars, and heaped praises on Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, and Jasprit Bumrah for coming through the ranks and making a name for themselves in the extremely competitive world of cricket.
Bumrah made his debut for India in 2016 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific bowlers across all formats of the game. He also successfully created a space for himself in Mumbai India’s squad in the Indian Premier League.
He leads India’s attack in Tests and is an important part of the ODI and T20 squads as well.
Gill was named Player of the Tournament in the U-19 World Cup in 2018. The same year, he also made his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL and donned the national team colours for the first time during the tour of New Zealand in 2019.
Pant has firmly taken over wicket mkeeping duties from MS Dhoni and has been an integral part of the team since making his debut in 2017.
“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 was quoted as saying in The Week.
Shastri added that playing in the IPL has benefitted these youngsters massively as they got to share a dressing room with some of the best players in the world and learning from the best has helped morphed Bumrah, Pant, and Gill into the players they are today and believes they can only get better.
He revealed when he played cricket, the maximum pace he had faced in domestic cricket was 74 kmph. But once he came up against Imran Khan and the West Indian pacers, he realised that the exposure level was very different.
All three players have been selected for India’s upcoming Test tour in South Africa that begins on December 26.
Another promising youngster, Shreyas Iyer, who made his mark during the Kanpur Test hitting a century on his debut, has also been named alongside Mayank Agarwal, who also stepped up during the New Zealand Test series.