February 9, 2008

India in Australia, 2007-08

Kumble - the real hero

Sriram Veera

"Anil Kumble is to Indian cricket what the house of Tatas is to Indian business ethos. Excellence in a remarkably understated way," writes KN Anand in the New Indian Express.

Had Sunil Gavaskar been leading the side in Sydney, there would have been hell to pay. His temperament and his track record would have guaranteed it ... Had Kapil Dev been in charge at Sydney, he’d have shrugged and got on with the game. A Saurav Ganguly would have thundered, “Damn the torpedoes —full speed ahead.” A Dravid would have sounded like Greg Chappell, issuing a 200-word statement which would have been translated into just one word: “Disappointed.” And Kumble? Well, he displayed an extraordinary ability to see the larger picture without succumbing to side issues.

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