"We have so much talent in our country today that we can easily field two teams," Borde said while inaugurating a cricket academy named after him at a school.

"Indian cricket has a very bright future," he added. According to Borde, fielding is one area where Indian players have improved vastly. "In our days we did not have anybody training us specifically in fielding," the veteran of 55 Test matches, who was known for his fielding skills during his playing days, said.

"Nowadays with support staff training players specifically in fielding, our players are living up to their standards," he said. Former Indian Test opening batsman Chetan Chauhan, who was the guest of honour at the inauguration, said the Indian Premier League (IPL) too had helped improve the fielding of the Indian players.

"Nobody today hesitates to dive, take a tumble, attack the ball while fielding," he  said. Asked whether selecting an India team is easier today given the talent, Borde, who has served as the chairman of the national selection committee twice, said that the job of the selectors during his time and now remained the same.

"However, players nowadays get more opportunities to showcase their talent because of the league system in the Ranji trophy. In our days, it was knockout format, not many players could get more than one opportunity prove themselves," he said.


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