As the long home season begin with the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, India are seeking to become the numero uno side in Test cricket and Laxman, who called captain Virat Kohli a "trendsetter", felt achieving the number one status will just be the beginning of a long journey.

"It's a great opportunity for India because they are going to play three quality Test playing countries. This India team has the potential to be the number one and they can be the best Test playing nation for a very long time," Laxman told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional event by broadcast partner Star Sports.

The elegant Hyderabadi had his reasons.

"The reason for that is everyone is young in their Test careers and also they have played a lot in overseas conditions. From personal experience I have seen that once you play overseas you become an allround player because you get to play in different types of wickets, different weather conditions, different kinds of oppositions who are very good in their own backyard.

"So I think they are well rounded cricketers now and playing in India they know what kind of conditions to expect, it gives the team the right kind of platform to showcase its talent, play to their potential and once they do that they will start dominating Test cricket for a long time," Laxman said.

He felt India should go with five bowlers in the first Test at Kanpur, and picked Murali Vijay and KL Rahul as the team's opening combination, with Cheteshwar Pujara at number three after his impressive run of scores in the Duleep Trophy.

In its quest to be the world's best, the team was peaking at the right time, Laxman felt.

"All of tem are peaking at the right time, all of them are just about three or four years into their Test careers and all of them are young and fit and very talented. This team hasgot the talent, the all round experience by touring all over the world and playing in different conditions. They have got great skill sets -  be it in batting, fielding, spin bowling or fast bowling department."

While he was lavish in his praise for Kohli, Laxman felt the skipper is fortunate to have the right kind of players in his arsenal.

"I think Virat Kohli is very fortunate to have players from which he can chose depending on the playing conditions. They have really impressed not ony in Indian conditions but all over the world and all of them have great work ethic.”

"Kohil is an inspiration, a trendsetter for me as he inspires his colleagues to raise the benchmark. He is always looking for wins. He is flexible and has conveyed the message that he is here to win."