After the administration emergency in Board for Control of Cricket in India, Supreme Court of India appointed a Cricket Advisory Committee to monitor the administration and ensure a transparent administration. MSK Prasad led panel introduced some young blood in the National set up just prior to the end of their tenure. In the batting department they introduced the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant along with the likes of Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari.
Now, things are back to normal after the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as chief of BCCI with this the tenure of MSK Prasad is also nearing its end. Ahead of the completion of his tenure as the chief of India’s national selection panel, MSK Prasad named quite a few players who currently form the bench strength of the team.
He named India’s batting reserves in the form of KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal saying that every one of them is ready to open for India on any day.
“If you take the case of openers, now with Rohit (Sharma) stepping up, you have Rohit, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Abhimanyu Easwaranand Priyank Panchal. On any given day, any of these guys can open for India. That’s how we have groomed them from a systematic process through India A tours,” MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
While KL Rahul is out of the team, Prithvi Shaw is on comeback trail following his injury and ban after doping violation. Easwaran and Panchal both are amassing runs in the domestic circuit and are part of India A team regularly. The Bengal and Gujarat openers, had prolific Ranji seasons with 861 and 898 runs, averaging 95 and 60, respectively.
MSK Prasad also named six players in the bowling department that are in reserves apart from the quintet of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, IshantSharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“Talking of fast bowling back-ups, we have Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Porel and Mohammed Siraj. So, there is a bench for every slot. I am sure this will pave the way and strengthen the Indian team across all formats,” said Prasad.
While Saini has impressed everyone in his T20I and ODI debut for India with the speed he can bowl and hurry the batsman. Avesh is fetching himself a name in the domestics. He also served as net bowler in South Africa and World Cup.
Basil Thampi is already an IPL star and known for his death bowling credentials as he can bowl Yorker after Yorker. Sandeep Warrier and Ishan Porel has emerged as more complete bowlers in this year’s Ranji season gaining some speed and accuracy. While Mohammad Siraj has also represented India in quite a few games.