The IPL has historically been a launching pad for young Indian talent, and Anil Kumble feels that the spotlight will be on the current crop of Under 19 cricketers. The former Indian captain, who has also been a mentor for Mumbai Indians and captained Royal Challengers Bangalore made these comments at an event that introduced Star Sports Select: The Dugout.
“The U-19 boys will certainly be in focus, you have Prithvi Shaw, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, these guys will certainly be in focus. It will be a big opportunity for these young players to showcase their talent on a big stage,”
Kumble also highlighted the progress made by Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, whose IPL performances played a large role in their selection for the Indian national team. “Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, all of them have come through the IPL and really done well. It’s an opportunity for everyone,”
Mumbai Indians will play Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of the IPL, and might see a familiar face sporting the CSK yellow this time – Harbhajan Singh. When asked about the impact of his former bowling partner, Kumble admitted that Harbhajan’s experience will be missed by his former franchise.
“Mumbai Indians will certainly miss the experience of Harbhajan Singh as a spinner. Krunal Pandya is a really good all-rounder, but he will have to lead the spinners now. They have Rahul Chahar as a leg spinner, but again he is an unknown youngster.”
Star Sports Select Dugout
Kumble was a part of a panel that also included Damien Fleming, Scott Styris and Brad Hogg. Each of the analysts spoke enthusiastically about Star Sports’ new offering (though Hogg was quick to point out that despite being called an analyst, he was still an active cricketer!)
The #SelectDugout offering is Star Sports’ attempt at delivering a hyper-personalized curated offering for the cricket fan who wants more from his/her broadcast. Features include a more analytical style of commentary, and a tone that is aimed at cricketing purists. Additional features include augmented-reality, and tweets from players.