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Kumble yet to face toughest batsman

"All the toughest batsmen are on the Indian side, be it Dravid or Sehwag or Ganguly," he said.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 11:45 IST

Ace bowler Anil Kumble on Wednesday indicated that he was yet to face the toughest batsman in his career as all the tough ones were on the Indian side.

"All the toughest batsmen are on the Indian side, be it Dravid or Sehwag or Ganguly," he said, replying to a volley of questions from children at the annual "Chinnara Male," organised by Rangayana Repertoire of Karnataka in Mysore.

Praising the children for singing a song in a synchronised manner at the beginning of the event, Kumble said there was a lot of similarities between cricket and theatre -- both did not have retakes unlike cinema. Like in theatre, perfect synchronisation was must among all the 11 players in a cricket team to play the game smoothly.

Asked why he did not sport a moustache, he said in a lighter vein "I want to look young and play for some more time."

On the preliminary steps to be taken to become a good cricketer, Kumble said "First one should enjoy the game and proficiency comes with effort." Sports should get importance in schools. Basic passion for sports was needed among children, he added.

Asked if he conversed in Kannada with Dravid while playing matches, he said "Of course, We have developed a few code words in Kannada and all the teammates are familiar with it. They come in handy during crucial moments in matches."

To a question, he said the most memorable moments of his life were when he made his debut in the test match against England in 1990 and bagged ten wickets against Pakistan in New Delhi.

Earlier, the valedictory function of the 15-day programme was inaugurated by litterateur Patil Puttappa.