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November 2, 2008 / lazybug

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!

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  1. Krishna Aradhi / Nov 2 2008 1:44 pm

    I completely agree with you. Kumble was a fighter. The intensity with which he could bowl is evidence of his dedication to the country. It was very touching to see him bowl in this Test match despite having 11 stitches on a finger. Hats off to Kumble!

  2. arvind / Nov 2 2008 2:41 pm

    Who can forget the match in west indies when he came to bowl with a fractured jaw… courage and audacity to play in any circumstance makes his special .. I dont think there is any spinner now who can replace him ..he was the best ..
    ITs really sad that he was made the captain at a time when he was ready to retire ..

    i wish him all the best for his future ..

  3. Ottayan / Nov 3 2008 9:51 am

    LB,

    Yep. His achievements went unappreciated. Guess, we will appreciate it in his absence.

  4. Manpreet / Nov 3 2008 3:43 pm

    Excuse me, but can you read Gurmukhi?

  5. lazybug / Nov 3 2008 6:31 pm

    @Manpreet: No I cannot. That text appeared in my blogroll because I added you through the ‘blog info’ menu that appears when logged into wordpress.

  6. Chirag / Nov 4 2008 5:03 am

    One of the best India ever had and he had above all a character.

  7. JD / Nov 6 2008 11:23 pm

    He was certainly my favourite Indian player.

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