Anil kumble names the toughest batsman he bowled to
Indian legendary spinner Anil Kumble has revealed the toughest batsman he has faced in his long career. He is regarded as one of the finest spin bowlers in the history of the cricket. In a glorious 18–year-long international career, Kumble has bowled to some of the greatest batsmen in world cricket.
The former India captain has bowled to legend’s like Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis. But the former leg-spinner picked West Indies legend Brian Lara as the most challenging batter he has faced during a candid chat with former Zimbabwean cricketer Pommie Mbangwa when he was asked to name the toughest batsman he has bowled to.
“There were many batsmen who were very difficult to bowl at. Brian Lara was probably at the top,” said Kumble.
The former skipper revealed that Lara had four different shots for one delivery and that’s why it was a real challenge to beat the Caribbean maestro.
“He had four different shots to every delivery that you bowled, and that was the biggest challenge, you thought you could beat him, you would get him, but then he would change his shot and sort of tap you through the third man,” added Kumble.
Kumble also led the Indian team between 2007 and 200. He has played 132 Tests and 272 ODIs for India. During the chat with Pommy, the former India coach said that he was fortunate not to bowl at top-quality batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag.
“Fortunately, most of them were a part of my team. It was very good that I had Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these guys in the nets rather than thinking in the previous evening that I have to bowl at these guys in a match,” Kumble added further.