Laxman praises Pandya brothers for all-round skills

Former India cricketer V.V.S. Laxman feels multi-skilled cricketers will be in demand irrespective of the formats.

Former India cricketer V.V.S. Laxman feels multi-skilled cricketers will be in demand irrespective of the formats.   -  K.V.S. GIRI

Former India Test batsman V.V.S. Laxman said multi-skilled cricketers like Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya will be in demand as the present day game requires such abilities.

“A batsman should be able to bowl and a bowler should be able to bat. Cricketers like the Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya will be more in demand because of their performance irrespective of the format. The guys who can do all the three things good will be more in demand,” he said after launching Pro Star League’s mentorship camp here on Wednesday.

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He also stressed the importance of fielding in the modern game and said every player has to be good in that department.

“Fielding is non-negotiable. Whether you are a batsman or a bowler, you have to be an excellent fielder and you have to be athletic which will help you in running between the wickets. That’s how the game has evolved,” Laxman said.

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Pro Star League, an U-16 cricket tournament which aims to identify and nurture talent at the grassroots, has begun a hunt for up-and-coming cricketers in Hyderabad through a national-level mentorship camp.

The camp, in partnership with V.V.S. Sports Academy, began today and will go on till May 1.

“I think encouragement of sports at grassroot level is very very important. Government has got funds and it is important to develop infrastructure at grassroot level like international standard grounds besides providing access to qualified and professional coaches,” he stressed.