Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq has lauded India’s youngsters or debutants for delivering compelling performances in the last few months. Across formats, the Indian team has produced match-winners over the previous four months, contributing to emphatic series victories. Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who has served Pakistan cricket in multiple ways, believes that their Asian counterparts have a machine to manufacture able youngsters for every version of the game.
One of those examples came up in the first ODI against England in Pune when debutants Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna played an integral role in India’s 66-run win. Krunal Pandya turned on the heat by crafting a whirlwind 31-ball 58 to share a century stand with KL Rahul as India made 317. Later, paceman Prasidh Krishna bounced back by taking four crucial wickets after going for plenty of runs initially.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq reckons that India has a machine set up to manufacture youngsters, giving a clear indication one has to perform well to stay in the side. The former Pakistan selector said that since the Australia tour, every youngster has turned up and delivered outstanding performances. While Inzamam admired the seniors for their roles; however, he believes that juniors showcasing their talents in such a way speaks a lot about the Indian team.
“I think India have set up some sort of machine to manufacture new players. There were two debutants even today. This gives a clear signal to the senior cricketers that you have to perform well to stay in the side. I’m noticing since the Australia series that in every match or format, a youngster turns up and gives outstanding performance. Seniors have their role but when juniors perform like this then it speaks a lot about the side. India’s performance has been this good in the last six months because of their youngsters,” Inzamam-Ul-Haq told in his Youtube video.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq names the turning point in the India-England ODI:
The 51-year old stated that the whirlwind century partnership between KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya was the turning point since the extra 30 runs made the difference. Inzamam-Ul-Haq particularly praised Krunal Pandya, who crafted a quick-fire knock, provoking the former Pakistan skipper to say there is a machine in India now. The Multan-born former player highlighted that Prasidh Krishna stepping up with the ball further cemented the fact India has a machine to produce adept players for every format.
“The difference that happened in the match was because of KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya. That was the turning point. If India had scored 270-280 then England would have chased it but that 30 runs difference came in the total because of Krunal Pandya, who scored 58 off 31 balls. That’s why I’m saying that there’s a machine in India now. And when India needed wickets, this young boy Krishna, who was playing his first match picked up four wickets. Again, I’d say that India have found a machine to produce players for every format,” he added.