The Indian cricket team has quite a few world-class spinners in their squad who have performed brilliantly in the recent past to help their side gain the No 1 spot in Tests. From Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, to the newbie Jayant Yadav, the spin battery has always stepped up when their team needed them.
Even then, in a video released by the BCCI on it official website and Twitter handle, it was head coach Anil Kumble who could be seen bowling at the nets. And it was a bit unusual. For those who have seen Kumble in his hey days, that run-up by tossing the ball before taking a few steps and delivering it is perhaps etched in memory in an unforgettable manner.
However, in the 29 second video, Kumble could be seen bowling with his left hand; trying to bowling both pace and spin in two deliveries! The first one shows him try bowling fast, while staying close to the stumps as his foot misses the crease by quite some distance. That doesn’t improve much when he tries to bowl spin as well, and even with a four-step run-up, he misses the mark by a mile.
The videos, released in slow and ultra-slow motions, have already sent Twitteratis and fans for a toss with almost everyone reminding the former Test player of overstepping the mark. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s official Twitter handle, there’s a reason behind India’s highest wicket-taker switching his action, which they would reveal on their official website later.