Though Gujarat Lions (GL) lost the Indian Premier League (IPL) match 20 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Basil Thampi impressed one and all with his bowling. Recently, Dwayne Bravo praised the young bowler, saying he has all the elements in him to represent India soon. Talking about Thampi’s talent, Bravo revealed that he is always keen to learn from the seniors in the team. Thampi picked up the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle as his maiden IPL wicket on Tuesday, stopping the in-form batsman at 77. However, RCB put up 213 for 2 at the end of their innings and bagged a 21-run victory later. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20
“Basil Thampi is a very, very talented youngster. I would say he will get the opportunity to play for Team India in a year or so. He has the talent, obviously, but he also has a lot of heart, pace and the skill. He’s always willing to learn. He asks the right questions. I think India cricket is in right direction when you have someone like him. Bowling 140-plus, like Indian speedsters Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Thampi has the skill and is really good. I really wish him all the best from the bottom of my heart,” Bravo told PTI.
“I follow him very closely, I try to give him a lot of confidence and experience, explain to him, break down the game to him. He’s still in a learning phase. He has the raw natural talent and ability. It’s a matter of playing more games, give him more experience and exposure,” he added.