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Kumble can be troublesome: Inzy

'I have rarely seen him fail in matches against Pakistan," warned the skipper.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 15:08 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq believes, that of all the Indian bowlers, leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the one who is likely to be the most dangerous because of his past record against the Pakistani team.

"He is a tough customer and we know he can be troublesome. We have to watch him carefully in the remaining two Tests," he told reporters, adding,"I have rarely seen him fail in matches against Pakistan."

Kumble got the Pakistani skipper out cheaply in the drawn first Test in Lahore but Inzamam said the dismissal had nothing to do with his opinion as he genuinely considered the Indian leggie, a major threat.

Calling the "eye contact" between Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid a part of the game, he said, "It was nothing serious, and when you are playing at this level obviously you can't expect nothing to happen at all."

Hoping for a lively pitch, Inzamam said,"I believe the competition is now going to be intense because both teams want to win. So it is going to be an interesting match if the weather holds ups."

Maintaining that Indians were still favourites to win the series, he said, "But we aim to give a good fight."

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 15:08 IST