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Kumble remains a team man to core

"The day I will start thinking that I have had enough of experimenting, I would stop playing the game," Kumble said.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 18:10 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta

"I will dedicate this feat to all the cricketers I have played with for their cooperation, the fielders who took all those catches and the bowlers who put pressure on the batsmen from the other end," said Anil Kumble.

That's something one would expect from a typical team man that Kumble has been. Always.

And even as he was talking about his marvellous feat, he remained completely cool and co posed. Not for once did his deep and steady voice betray any signs of excitement one would expect a person to feel after scaling such a big summit.

"It's naturally a great feeling be there where only a few have reached....being the first Indian to do it makes it even more special," he said. But one could feel the 'hurt' in the voice when the conversation drifted from the current landmark to the long journey he undertook to reach there.

"There were doubts created by people right through my career, but neither I, nor my team and nor my family took them seriously. I had the self belief and they all had belief in me," said Kumble.

He said that some people have been questioning his style of bowling right from the day he started. And, quite strangely, they have (for them) still not been answered, he quipped. "But I had the belief in myself and just per evered," he said.

And it was this self-belief and perseverance that saw him coming unscathed from a grievous shoulder injury he had suffered one of the worst crises of his career. "It was extremely bad... at times there were fears that I would never be able to raise my arm again, forget about competing again at international level," he said.

"But my wife gave me immense support on this hour. Her support and encouragement from couple of other people kept me motivated enough and gradually I found that I could come back," he said.

Kumble agreed that last couple of years have been pretty good for him. When asked if he was learning new things and getting better with time, he said that one has to keep evolving all the time.

"The day I will start thinking that I have had enough of experimenting, I would stop playing the game," he said.

And if one felt that Kumble now might like to call it a day, the soft-spoken man quickly dismissed it pretty soon.

"Shane has taken above 650 wickets and Muralitharan has also taken 600 wickets. I hope I also reach there," said Kumble.

As for what future he sees for himself in the ODIs, he said he would like to contribute if fits into the scheme of things.

"But that's totally up to the team management to decide," he said. Well, didn't we say that this individual is all for the team.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 17:48 IST