Mohinder Amarnath said that the Test series will be the perfect platform for youngsters to cement their spot in the team under a young captain, Virat Kohli (above) © AFP
Mohinder Amarnath said that the Test series will be the perfect platform for youngsters to cement their spot in the team under a young captain, Virat Kohli (above) © AFP

Former India cricketer and national selector, Mohinder Amarnath, stated that the Test series between India and Sri Lanka will be the perfect platform for youngsters to cement their spot in the team. In his column for Times of India, Amarnath wrote, “For both sides, the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle, starting Wednesday, would feel like a new beginning. True, both the captains have led their sides in the recent past, but these are young sides that are eager to prove themselves, led by young captains.” READ: Kumar Sangakkara’s chances of fairytale ending seem bleak

“Starting with India, this is an excellent chance for many of the younger lot to make a permanent place for themselves. I always believe in youngsters and blooding cricketers early. That’s paid rich dividends in the past with players like Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and, of course, Sachin Tendulkar.”

Amarnath wrote that Virat Kohli has been exemplary and one can only hope that the India skipper will blossom with the added responsibility of a captain. India vs Sri Lanka 2015: Learning experience for both sides

“Leading from the front is Virat Kohli who was exemplary during the tour of Australia earlier this year. He led in the Bangladesh tour as well, but the Tests were badly marred by weather. I hope that Kohli’s batting will blossom with the added responsibility of leadership. He has been around for quite some time now and should be entering the best part of his career as captain, he can express himself freely and take his and the team’s future in his own hands. We cannot consider him young or raw anymore; more than five years in international cricket means that he has a great deal of experience.” Milestones and records to aim for Kumar Sangakkara in his last series before retirement

Amarnath also wrote about the Sri Lankans. He wrote, “The Sri Lankans, too, have a young side and I think the hosts are slightly better prepared and placed for a few reasons. First, they are playing at home and have always been a tough team on their own turf. Second, they had an absorbing and hard-fought series against Pakistan. They lost, but that would make them eager to redeem themselves and also tougher after the closely fought series.” India vs Sri Lanka 2015: 5 Sri Lankan cricketers to watch out

Amarnath wrote about the importance of this Test series, which marks the retirement of Sri Lanka batting great, Kumar Sangakkara.

“Third, they are playing the farewell series of one of the greatest Sri Lankan cricketers of all time, Kumar Sangakkara. He has been a tremendous player and one of the best of his generation, eclipsing some luminaries with his batting and keeping abilities. His young teammates would want to give their star player a great sendoff and this would be an added spur for the team.”

“As the two captains tee off against each other, it’s hard not to notice their contrasting personalities. Angelo Matthews is a cool, calm, soft-spoken cricketer who never gets hot under the collar. Contrasting him is the demonstrative, expressive and combative Kohli. It’s going to be interesting to see how their teams respond to the two leaders.”

“It’s after quite some time that the Indians are involved in a top-class Test encounter, and the series promises to be a truly absorbing one. I would be looking out for Kohli, and of course Sangakkara would be looking to sign off his tremendous career on a high,” Amarnath concluded.