'Kumble can continue for 3 years'

Updated on Aug 23, 2003 09:21 PM IST

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said veteran leggie Anil Kumble still had the ability to deliver at the top level for three more years.

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Former Indian leg spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan on Saturday said veteran leggie Anil Kumble still had the ability to deliver at the top level for three more years.

"I think he has another three years at top flight. He is a tough competitor ... He is also working hard now," Sivaramakrishan told newspersons here.

Praising Kumble for his accuracy and mental strength, 'Siva' said the lanky leg spinner from Karnataka was still trying to introduce more variety to his deliveries.

Sivaramakrishnan mentioned Amit Mishra as the most promising young leg spinner, but urged the rookie to add more arrows in his spin quiver.

"He has lot of potential. He is a steady bowler. But he should use his body while bowling," Siva said, adding the youngster must learn the tricks of getting turn and bounce off the wicket.

He answered in the negative when asked if BCCI's stress on preparing fast, bouncy tracks would hinder the development of spinners.

Citing the example of Australia, he said "Glenn Mcgrath and Shane Warne have both attained success by bowling on similar pitches."

Sivaramakrishnan said an ideal wicket was one which gave a level playing field to batsmen, pacers and slow bowlers.

"It should assist pacers on the opening day, become batsman-friendly in the next two days and assist spinners on the fourth and fifth days," he said.

Expressing satisfaction over the constitution of the spin academy and the other steps taken by BCCI to restore India's glorious spin past, Sivaramakrishnan said if things went according to plan then the country could produce quality spinners in greater numbers within the next four years.

The main problem of spinners in modern day cricket was that they tended to bowl flat to restrict batsmen. "This is mainly due to limited over cricket. In the formative years, one should concentrate on learning the ropes of bowling agressively to pick up wickets," he said.

He said it was important that spinners bowled to grab wickets. "Even in limited overs, the strategy should be to pick up wickets in the middle overs."

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