Anil Kumble turns left-arm spinner at Indian cricket team nets and this happens
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Anil Kumble turns left-arm spinner at Indian cricket team nets and this happens

Anil Kumble, Indian cricket team coach, can be seen bowling with his left hand in a recently released video. Kumble is India’s top wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs as right-arm spinner

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2017 11:33 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Indian cricket team,Anil Kumble,R Ashwin
Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli will hope to take lead over Australia in the Test series in the Ranchi game.(AFP)

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.

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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.

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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.

First Published: Mar 10, 2017 17:01 IST