Veteran Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra heaped praise on Navdeep Saini after his impressive Indian team debut in West Indies, saying the latest pace sensation has immense potential to shine at the international stage.
The 26-year-old had first come into the limelight with his superb show in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy season, where he finished as Delhi's highest wicket-taker with 34 dismissals in eight matches and then emerged as side's leading wicket-taker at the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Later, Saini gained popularity in the India Premier League (IPL) 2019, where he picked up 11 wickets and got the opportunity to travel as one of India's net bowlers at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.
Mishra told media at an event, “He is a very bright prospect, and he needs to be groomed well. He had a great debut, but I would want 4-5 new bowlers to come through the ranks to give us more fast-bowling options. Saini surely looks like an option and his form over the past year has been really good. He had a decent IPL too, and he has grabbed his chance very well. I'd like to see 4-5 more such bowlers.”
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old leggie believes that Virat Kohli and his team should begin their preparation for the T20 World Cup and give more chances to the youngsters to prepare them for the ICC event.
He added, “I think it is the right time to begin preparations for World T20, and perhaps that's the reason a lot of youngsters are being given a chance. The only problem is the lack of experience, and I feel the youngsters should be given enough matches to ensure they are ready on time.”
Mishra signed off by saying, “I don't think the Indian team has a weakness in the middle order or spin department. Our fast bowlers are world-class, and so are spinners. In the middle order, you won't get runs in every match.”
(With Firstpost Inputs)