With three days to go for the start of the second Test Anil Kumble is hoping to be 100% fit when the time comes to take the field in Mohali on October 17. Kumble, who was hampered by a sore right shoulder in the course of the Test, where he sent down 50 wicketless overs, made it clear that he was on the mend. “It is getting better. There is still three more days to go for the next Test and we are monitoring it closely,” he said, while suggesting that things might have panned out differently had he won the toss.
“If we had won the toss we would have fancied our chances bowling last but I think overall the performance was good. The batters did reasonably well and they are all positive for the next game. Zaheer and Bhajji did well in that crucial partnership for us,” said Kumble.
When asked about VVS Laxman, Kumble sprung to the defence of the middle-order batsman. “Laxman is a true champion. It is sad that he is always in the spot (scrutiny).” said Kumble. “Laxman has played 97 Tests and has played a large role in our winning moments and this axe on his shoulder is not done, no just him but for any other player.”