Bye Bye, Jumbo
What makes a great sports person? Grit, determination, sportsmanship, dedication to the team? Or, simply put, just being a good at what you did?
Starting off as an unusual-styled leg-spin bowler, Kumble developed his own variant of spin-something that very few cricketers have achieved and very few batsmen were comfortable against. My earliest memories of Kumble date back to 1992 when the touring Englishmen were made to do the Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and brake dance out there in the middle by the lanky Indian bowler. Perhaps they could take solace in the fact that they weren’t alone.
My next most favourite memory of his is the 6/12 he took against the West Indies at Calcutta to win India the Hero Cup in 1993. Saying that he was unplayable would be an understatement. He was India’s strike bowler for the years to come. During this period, he won more games for the country than any other of his contemporaries. Sure, he is not as celebrated as they are, but then we’ll remember him for the cricket he played. And the way he played it.
Thank you Jumbo. And all the best!