Whether India can go on to dominate world cricket consistently would be known by its second-string side`s performance against a not-so-strong West Indies in the upcoming ODI and Test series, feels batting legend Sir Vivian Richards.
"You can tell if it is the start of a dynasty when the bench strength is equally strong. To my mind, India has a very good pool of young cricketers," said Richards
Even though India`s opponents in the present series is a declining West Indian side, Richards felt it would be a pointer of things to come for the near future.
India is presently the number one Test side of the world. They are also the reigning world champions of one-day cricket.
The Indian team presently touring West Indies is without top seniors such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh.
It is packed with young cricketers who have barely cut their teeth in international cricket.
Many see the volume of cricket as well as the IPL as two reasons proving detrimental to the health of the game but Richards had a mixed opinion on the two thorny issues dogging world cricket.
"I love IPL. It has brought excitement to world cricket. People love to put their bum on the seats; they come to enjoy a game of cricket."