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Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad, in an interview with the Cricket Couch, talks about why a player needs to have played plenty of first-class cricket before he is pushed to the international level.
Before anybody gets into the Indian team, he needs to spend about 3 years in the Ranji Trophy. The point is – a) we will get to see the consistency of the player, and b) he would go through the ups and downs of his cricketing, and the way he comes out of it. That is going to teach you a lot! Once he comes into the Indian team he would be so experienced that he would know what to expect at the international level.