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Anil Kumble Was Bit Like Rahul Dravid Of Their Bowling Line-up: Steve Waugh

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Steve Waugh, former Australian skipper believes legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble was just like the ‘Rahul Dravid’ of India’s bowling assault. The 55-year-old Australian stated so as a result of India may at all times depend upon leg spinner Anil Kumble to take wickets when the staff wanted them essentially the most.

Anil Kumble is arguably the most effective leg-spinner India have ever produced, particularly in Check cricket. He’s the best wicket-taker for India within the longest format of the sport, with 619 scalps to his title.

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh (Picture Credit score: Google)

Steve Waugh: Anil Kumble Was A Fierce Competitor And Was A Bit Like Batsman Rahul Dravid Of Bowling Lineup

Steve Waugh defined why Anil Kumble was a particular bowler whereas talking to cricket.com.au.

“He (Anil Kumble) was a fierce competitor. He was at all times at you and by no means gave you an inch. I can’t keep in mind him bowling poorly in opposition to us. He was a bit like Dravid of their bowling lineup. The captain knew what they had been going to get from him. He was there on a regular basis,” Steve Waugh stated.

Anil Kumble cherished enjoying in opposition to Australia as he’s the best wicket-taker within the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 111 wickets to his title in 20 Exams averaging 30.32. His greatest figures of 8-141 in opposition to Australia got here within the 2004 Sydney Check, the place he virtually single-handedly received the sport for the guests.

Steve Waugh stated Anil Kumble wore his coronary heart on his sleeve and gave his all for Staff India as enjoying for the nation was all the things for him. A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Check cricket and stays the third-highest wicket-taker of all time (behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne).

Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan
Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan

In 1999 whereas enjoying in opposition to Pakistan, he dismissed all ten batsmen in a Check match innings, becoming a member of England’s Jim Laker as the one participant to attain the feat. He’s additionally the one Indian participant to have accomplished that until date. In contrast to his contemporaries, he was not an enormous turner of the ball however relied totally on tempo, bounce, and accuracy.

Anil Kumble introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket mid-way by the third Check of the sequence within the Delhi Check alongside Sourav Ganguly who bid the sport goodbye within the Nagpur 4th Check.

Steve Waugh Noticed Anil Kumble Loved Taking part in For India And Australia Performed Him Extra Like A Gradual In Swing Bowler

Steve Waugh stated he by no means performed in opposition to anybody as passionate to play for his nation as Anil Kumble was. The 50-year-old former spinner at all times took pleasure in enjoying for India and gave his all, no matter the state of affairs. The previous Australian captain Steve Waugh additionally make clear the way in which Anil Kumble depended extra on his variations, as he didn’t spin the ball a lot.

“I don’t suppose I performed anybody who loved enjoying for the nation as a lot as he (Anil Kumble) did. It was all the things to him. We definitely didn’t play him as a leg-spinner. We performed him extra like a sluggish in-swing bowler,” Steve Waugh noticed.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. BCCI

The leg-spinner used to differ his tempo and deceive the opposition batsmen within the air. Anil Kumble would exploit if there was any assist from the pitch and make life tough for the batsmen.

“He had a fantastic change of tempo. It was all about variations, use of the crease. He type of combined it up a bit. Something within the wicket like a little bit of tough or unevenness, and he was greater than a handful,” Steve Waugh additional added.

Anil Kumble even went on to captain the Indian staff in direction of the fag finish or twilight of his profession and was the pinnacle coach of the Males in Blue for a short interval too. His management attributes proved essential in Staff India successful the historic Perth Check within the 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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