November 14, 2008

Indian cricket

An optimist to the core

George Binoy

"It [the retirement] has [sunk in]. The first time I probably felt it was when I walked into the Board President’s box in Nagpur. When I watched Sachin and Laxman bat, I guess that’s when it sunk in," Anil Kumble said in an interview with KC Vijaya Kumar in the Sportstar.

In 1990 you had the greats who were in the last days of their careers, and Indian cricket possibly didn’t have consistently good results. We started to do exceptionally well in the 1990s and were unbeatable at home till 2000. Later, when John Wright and Sourav Ganguly took over the team, we started believing that we could win abroad. We didn’t win series overseas on a consistent basis, but at least in every series we toured, we did win matches. Now we are at a stage where we have done well against Australia, the number one team, in the last four series. We have won two and the other two were close. We are heading in the right way. I have done my bit. It is time to move on and the Indian team is in good hands.

Also in the Sportstar, Vijay Lokapally writes that Anil Kumble, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan can be seen in action in the IPL but Test cricket will miss their wonderful characters.

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