Legendary Indian batsman VVS Laxman is impressed with the upcoming young talent and predicts that Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will make it big in their careers when they get their opportunities.
Talking to CricketCountry, Laxman said Shreyas must continue to score runs for Mumbai and be patient for his chance, “Phenomenal Ranji Trophy performance in 2015-16 season. I am sure that he will get his opportunity. It’s very important that you keep continuing to perform consistently and at some stage you will get an opportunity, just like the way Parthiv Patel got,"
"Someone like Shreyas Iyer should not lose hope because it is important if you have to break into the national side, the only way of doing that is by scoring tons of runs. By scoring hundreds just like he did in the previous year." Laxman added.
Laxman then talked about the exciting prospect Rishabh Pant, he said, “Pant is a very talented player, who has the potential to dawn the Indian colours and do well for India. But as his ‘keeping is concerned, it is still work-in-progress. I’ve talked to Kiran More, who has worked with Pant at the National Cricket Academy. He mentions that his ‘keeping is not up to the mark. We also have to accept the fact that his is young. We are talking about someone, who is just 19 years old, who has got a great potential, also a great future for Indian cricket.”
Laxman also praised the current national selection committee for rewarding seniors like Gambhir and Parthiv for their efforts in Ranji Trophy, “I believe the selectors have done a fantastic job because they got back Gautam Gambhir, rewarding him for his performances in the Duleep Trophy. Parthiv Patel has been rewarded for his performance in Ranji Trophy. And I think it is more about getting the right players at the right time,” Laxman concluded.