one month is left to the upcoming high-voltage series against Australia
and nobody knows exactly – whether India’s strike bowler Anil Kumble
will be playing or not. Of course, the reason is Kumble’s
“peculiar injury” – to use Andrew Leipus’s words.
Kumble’s unavailability can be a major blow to India’s plan to break
the Aussies record-breaking winning-streak.
to say, Indian attack without Anil Kumble will look pedestrian, no matter
how much Sourav Ganguly boasts about his pace-attack. The reason is simple
that Anil Kumble is the chief-architect of Indian Test victories at home,
would be naive to think that the Kumble-factor won’t be a big deal, just
because he was not very successful Down-Under in 1999 against the Aussies.
In spite of that, Kumble has a terrific record against the Aussies. Along
with the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s stupendous batting, it was
Kumble’s sheer guile with the ball, which proved vital in winning the
series in 1998 against the Kangaroos. Also, Kumble had a very good match
against the same opposition, when they played a solitary Test at Delhi in
captain Steve Waugh and champion leg-spinner Shane Warne too have great
respect for Kumble. In fact, Warne and Kumble share a very good rapport.
Shane Warne was among the first ones to congratulate Anil over his
historic ‘10-wicket in an innings’ against the arch-rival Pakistanis.
Warne also said that Kumble is one of the “nicest blokes” in the
Kumble is presently in South Africa to consult Dr. Ferguson, who has
treated him in the past. Eight weeks back, Kumble had already met Ferguson
in Bangalore to “discuss” his injury. He has been missing
international cricket since last October. He last played in the tri-series
Anil Kumble, we have already seen that how the minnows like Bangladesh
and Zimbabwe have taken a ride on the Indian attack. Missing Anil
Kumble for one of the most crucial Test-Series will be a decisive
blow to India’s chances of winning the series against the mighty Australians.
Sourav Ganguly must be perturbed on the mere thought of missing Kumble
for the upcoming series. For the record, Kumble has taken 276 wickets
in 61 Tests that he has played and 274 wickets in 208 One Day Internationals.
We can only pray for Kumble’s sooner recovery. And that’s the only
thing we can do......!!!
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