Didn't Harby say recently that he is looking forward to bowling with Kumble.
I guess they both expect to comple(i)ment each other :-)
'I'm looking forward to bowling with Harbhajan': Kumble
By Gulu Ezekiel
New Delhi: "The more I bowl the better I am feeling. It is only a matter of
time before it becomes normal," ace spinner Anil Kumble who has started
playing after almost a year nursing an injured shoulder, said in an
While media reports have stated that the ace leg-spinner would be back in
the side for the series, Kumble himself has indicated that he is still not
100 per cent certain about his fitness. "I need to feel certain before I
take any decision," Kumble added.
Kumble's enforced absence has had one silver lining - the opportunity for
off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to make his mark as a world-class bowler.
Certainly Indian cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the moment when both the
spinners are seen in tandem - and so is Kumble himself. "Harbhajan has done
wonderfully well. I'm really looking forward to bowling with him," Kumble
said on the e-mail.
Someone else who will be anxious to have him back in the side is Sourav
Ganguly. As he rightly pointed out, the Indian team over the past one-year
under his captaincy has at various times lacked the services of Sachin
Tendulkar, Srinath and Kumble - match winners all.
Kumble's last match for India was in the opening Coca-Cola tri-series match
against Sri Lanka last October, which means he would have been out of action
for a year if he does make it to South Africa.
Kumble had figures of 1 for 50 from his 10 overs in that game. But the sore
shoulder meant he could not take further part in the tournament in which
India lost to the Lankans in the final.
The injury was diagnosed as a 'slep lesion', similarly to that suffered by
tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi last year.
Kumble had the shoulder operated on in South Africa late last year and was
still in a sling when he made an appearance in Chennai during the third and
final Test against Australia in March.
At that time he had indicated that it would be four to six months before a
full recovery, which is just about now.
Kumble last week returned to competitive cricket and picked up four wickets
in a club match in Bangalore. "There is still a little stiffness after I
have bowled, but the good news is that it is coming down and is getting
better," he said.
So does he have any plans to cut down his playing schedule, as fast bowler
Javagal Srinath has done? "It's too early for me to comment on this. I guess
I'll take things as they come," he said.
Kumble has missed 11 Tests (inclusive of three in Sri Lanka) and a number of
one-day Internationals as well. India's third tour to South Africa will
consist of three Tests and a one-day tri-series with Kenya as the third
Kumble still needs 24 wickets to become only the third spin bowler to take
300 wickets in Test cricket.