Raves keep pouring in for spin-king
Former cricketers Bishan Singh Bedi, Intikhab Alam and Kapil Dev were among the first ones to react to Kumble's feat.Updated: Mar 11, 2006 22:55 IST
Raves kept pouring in for the spin-king from the former cricketers till late night on Saturday, congratulating him what they termed as a 'rare feat for a bowler'.
Bishan Singh Bedi, Intikhab Alam and Kapil Dev - masters in weilding the cricket ball themselves - were all ga-ga over Anil Kumble's entry in 500 wicket-club and based his achievement to unflinching focus and unparalleled determination.
They were unanimous in their opinion that the spinner's weapon is his nagging accuracy and the ability to bowl on the dot again and again that often frustrates batsmen to play indiscreet shots and lose their wickets.
Bedi went a step further, observing that the bowler was 'world class' and can even match Shane Warne in potential and present form.
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On his 500-wicket feat:
"We are all proud and delighted for what he has achieved. He has improved much more than what we thought he would. Nobody had earlier thought he would take 500 wickets, but he has proved all of us wrong."
"Today, he has achieved something which one can only dream of," he said.
On the qualities that separate him from other bowlers:
"He is very focussed and committed more than anybody else. His determination and the effort which he has put in is simply unparalleled."
"There is no doubt he is the greatest spinner that we have," he said.
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On his armoury:
"If I were to pick one outstanding aspect of his bowling, it would be his accuracy... He is not a big turner of the ball. He is a line-and-length bowler and his accuracy is his forte."
On Kumble as a person:
He is one of the nicest person around. He is well educated and comes across as a nice human being."
Bishan Singh Bedi on Anil Kumble »
On his potential:
"He has the potential and he can match Shane Warne. Anil, despite once dislocating his shoulder, recovered and is determined to go on,' he said.
In his earlier days:
"When Kumble made his debut in 1990 at Manchester against England, he never looked like to perform so brilliantly. His biggest positive point is his accuracy."