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Krunal Pandya won the Player of the Series award in the recently concluded three-match T20I series between India and West Indies. @ AFP

India’s youngsters display tremendous grit and adaptability which reflected in the scoreline as the tourists completed a 3-0 series sweep in the three-match Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies.

The success of less experienced players like Navdeep Saini, who had a dream debut picking up three wickets in the first T20I at Florida, Deepak Chahar, a fabulous exponent of swing bowling and Krunal Pandya has impressed former India batsman VVS Laxman. Krunal won the Player of the Series award for his three wickets and 67 runs in the series.

“The man of the match awards went to Navdeep Saini, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar, which is testament to the Indian system that prepares players for the rigours and challenges of the international arena. Most hearteningly, these players believed in themselves and played to their strengths. Saini is an express pace bowler, and that’s exactly how he bowled,” Laxman wrote in his column for the Times of India on Thursday.

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The success from the bowling department, Laxman reckons, will ease off the burden on India’s frontline pacers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “Chahar’s success in the third game was built around swing. The older Pandya is street-smart and canny, capable of thinking on his feet. I would love to see him get more opportunities in 50-over cricket too because I believe he can slot in at the No. 6 position and can offer a full complement of 10 overs,” he explained.

“It’s not fair or wise to rely only on Jasprit Bumrah or Bhuvneshwar Kumar to do the job all the time. What this series has proved is that India have other weapons in their arsenal. But these players need to play more games so that they grow into their roles, become comfortable and therefore attain the consistency that they are capable of.”

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Rishabh Pant, the only wicketkeeper in the squad, who’s being kept under the guidance of MS Dhoni, too received high praise from the Hyderabad batsman.

“The other youngster who deserves plaudits is Rishabh Pant. You expect Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to score runs, but Pant learnt from his mistakes and came up with a mature knock in the final encounter. That’s what you want to see in youngsters – the willingness to learn and the desire to improve and the hunger to perform,” he wrote.