Mumbai, Apr 1: India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir feels its time the BCCI organise sufficient overseas tours for U-19 teams. Gambhir, who suffered two consecutive overseas whitewashed in England and Australia, wants youngsters to get required experience for the team's development after the retirement of Rahul Dravid and retirement of other senior players in the future.
"I think the way forward for the Indian cricket team is to reassess all the mistakes and learn from them. The youngsters from U-19 need to be exposed to more tours of England and Australia, where they get to play on fast bouncy tracks something we aren't used to in the sub-continent," Gambhir, playing mentor to budding college cricketers in the Red Bull Campus Cricket initiative, told MiD DAY.
Gambhir said young Indian batsman have not proved their abilities in the longer format of the game. He said its necessary for youngsters to get some exposure n tougher conditions.
"I think the application of body and mind is more important in Test cricket than in any other form of the game. It's important that younger players prove themselves in being able to last out the longer form. I think once these players get the required exposure to tougher conditions, we'll be able to fill in our Test team requirements," said the 30-year-old opener.
Gambhir feels youngsters need to get their batting technique right at university level, "While school cricket is all about learning the basics where most take it as a hobby, college cricket is very important as you are moulded into a player who can face any kind of situation. You get to the opportunity to play and compete with a diverse bunch of players from different backgrounds, something you wouldn't get to in school cricket. If school cricket is about learning the right techniques, I think campus cricket is all about gaining mental toughness and physical fitness to perform in any situation," he said.
"I think the quality of cricket played at University level is good. With the help of mentors, talented cricketers will get the opportunity to hone their skills and maybe we can see them break into the Indian Cricket Team," he added.
India's U-19 team will play a four-nation series (Australia, India, England and New Zealand) in Townsville, Australia, starting next week. The U-19 World Cup will be held in Queensland this August.