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WATCH | India Has Benefited From 'A' Tours in Last Few Years: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | January 9, 2019, 8:55 AM IST

GK: You touched on first-class cricket and you mentioned how Bumrah has got a good record in the Indian first-class cricket. In fact, that became a conversation throughout this series. Ironically there were question marks raised over Australia's first-class structure which everyone thought was the gold standard once. Now the talk is how the Indian first-class system seems to be providing this assembly line of players. Do you believe there are certain merits of this Indian first-class system that we are now starting to see the kind of players who are emerging? 

AK: It is a combination of first-class cricket, graduating to the zonal level and also graduating to the 'A' team. I think that is the critical part and also most of these first-class players are a part of the IPL as well and they know there is so much competition if they don't improve their game or they don’t improve the fitness standard and if they are not able to cope with the pleasures of playing day in and day out then they will fall by the wayside. That realisation is there in every player who is playing cricket in India. And that to me is why all these players are pushing their fitness level one notch and they know they are competing with the best and it is a combination of all of that not just the domestic cricket or Ranji Trophy but then it is a combination of all of that. And the 'A' squad has certainly helped over the last few years. It's been there, it was there for a while. But there has been a lot more commitment from the board to make sure that 'A' team cricket has a couple or three series in a year. So, the opportunities are given. And then all these players can fulfil their potential.

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