Ode To Kumble

Posted by Argha Sen on November 2, 2008
The elements of this blog goes back to the day of Diwali,1996. that year world cup was held in India and I got my first tryst with Cricket.that time I felt india had only two good players, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble. As I used to haunt my cousin as to why Azharuddin didnot give Kumble the ball from the word go,and other such silly questions and he explained all the answers i could not but be overwhelmed at his knowledge.However one question among them that he never answered with conviction was what would happen when Sachin and Anil would retire? So that Diwali when I again pestered him with the same question he said that I need not worry for They would play for the next 10 years. The answer satisfied me and I never asked it again. However this Diwali as India won the 2nd test and talks of Kumble's retirement came up,it was deja-vu for me.Suddenly I remembered my cousin's 10 year deadline and realised it has been past by a good long 2 years.It seemed that India will easily cope up with the loss of Kumble. Or will it........................
Well it's kind of a question that will be debated overe and over in all news channerls of India so no use spending my time over it,but is surely the dawn of a new era. Jumbo was inarguably the best Indian spinner ever,a fierce competitor and a man who can be the Dictioary meaning of the word Relentless. Always been downplayed by people who wrote him off by saying that he was not a good spinner of the ball.But Spin's golden Era sees the end of it's Second Great Warrior.Kumble the legend won india many matches but finally as he leaves the game we can only hope that the great man's shoes can be filled by somone who can atleast live up to his illustrious predesessor.
We ,Indians bid farewell to Anil Kuble with a heavy heart for the relentless but gentleman approch of the man will never again be seen in the India cap.
Anil Kumble Statistics:-
Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 Ct St
Tests 132 173 32 2506 110* 17.77 38.82 1 5 60 0
ODIs 271 136 47 938 26 10.53 61.06 0 0 85 0
Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 132 236 40850 18355 619 10/74 14/149 29.65 2.69 65.9 31 35 8
ODIs 271 265 14496 10412 337 6/12 6/12 30.89 4.30 43.0 8 2 0
Test debutEngland v India at Manchester, Aug 9-14, 1990
Last TestIndia v Australia at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2008
ODI debutIndia v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Apr 25, 1990
Last ODIBermuda v India at Port of Spain, Mar 19, 2007