Anil Kumble, highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and ODIs, received a word of praise from his former India teammate VVS Laxman on Monday. Former India Test specialist recollected the memories of a 2002 Test match between India and the West Indies in Antigua, during which Anil bowled his heart out despite having a broken jaw.
Sharing Kumble’s picture from the match, VVS Laxman wrote on Instagram: “A giant in every sense, he rose above and beyond the call of duty. The grit, drive and bravery displayed through this picture is quintessential Anil Kumble. Never giving up, no matter what, was a trait which made Anil the cricketer he became.”
Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh seems to be in agreement with Laxman and called Kumble “India’s biggest match-winner ever” in the comments section. The leg-spinner thanked Laxman for all the praise, adding that Laxman is “no less” than a giant himself and he always brought “positivity in the team” with calmness.
Kumble comments, “Thanks Lax. You are no less. Enjoyed every bit of our partnership in the middle and your calm influence and positivity in the team. Was fortunate to have played in an era with you and other great teammates. Stay safe!”
Kumble is currently acting as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee that recommended a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball amid coronavirus scare. Kumble called the saliva ban an “interim measure” and hoped that the “things will go back to normal” once the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control.
During a show on Star Sports show, Kumble said, “…this is only an interim measure and as long as we have hopefully control over COVID in a few months or a year’s time then I think things will go back to as normal as it can be.”