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Buchanan hails Indian youngsters

Former Australia coach John Buchanan believes the future of Indian cricket is secure following the rise to prominence of several talented youngsters during the recent tour Down Under.

Pacemen Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar, and batsmen Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Rohit Sharma all contributed significantly to help India clinch the Commonwealth Bank Series title with a 2-0 win in the final against Australia.

And 54-year-old Buchanan, who will take charge of Kolkata in the forthcoming Indian Premier League, believes the young crop already have what it takes to make the step up when more experienced members leave the international fold.

"The three senior cricketers - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid - will not be there always," Buchanan told the Asian Age newspaper.

"So it is important to pick a fresh team with an eye on the future.

"The selectors have done exactly that and together with this excellent young bunch they are securing the future of Indian cricket.

"India are a good ODI and Twenty20 side, but for the Test side to fully evolve will take a little more time."

Buchanan also reserved special praise for 19-year-old Ishant, who took 14 wickets in nine appearances in the CB Series.

"He is a loveable cricketer and a pretty good athlete," Buchanan said.

"He is sharp and has a good body. It will be important for him to stay injury free so that he serves Indian cricket for at least a decade.

"In the near future he's going to be the spearhead of Indian Test bowling, but handle him with care."

source - cricket365.co.za
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