Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Gentle Giant - A Farewell

Anil Kumble, the best matchwinner for India in test match cricket, when also played alongside 3 players - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Vangarippu Venkata Sai Laxman talks tonnes as to why he deserves the Giant tag and the fact that not many really have realized his being the best match winner justifies the gentle (and modest) tags. My best memories of Kumble are the 6-12 in the Hero Cup final, obviously the 10 wicket magic (courtesy: A.V. Jayaprakash) and the bandaged Kumble bowling in the caribbean.

Some snippets from Cricinfo:



And Dravid opines,

Anil works hard for the team, and not just with ball in hand. When he
was recovering from his shoulder injury, he didn't stay at home; he
came to the Indian camp and assisted Bhajji and the other spinners.
When the player contracts had to be decided on, he took the trouble to
sift through and understand the issues. Never does he shy away from
responsibility. He has stood up to be counted, and courted controversy
if required.

And so, salute the legend, who is never understood as one. Adios, Jumbo.

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