T20 was considered a spinners’ graveyard till a skilful band of slow bowlers changed it in IPL II. Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha proved that the shortest form of the game was not the batsmen’s preserve.
“I was quite intrigued with my performance,” was Kumble’s words, who quit the international scene last year. “I am coming off a long break but the moment I’m on the field, ball in hand, the feeling is the same as always.” Now we know why the retirees are calling the shots in IPL-II. They are away from the maddening pressure of international cricket.