A lot is being said and written about the `Fab Four’ and whether the time has come for them to be phased out in favour of young talent in view of their declining powers. In my view it should be `Fab Five’ for I would like to think Anil Kumble should also come under the scanner for the same reason – decline in bowling standards.
'Tigers at home, lambs abroad' is the most common refrain when discussing the Indian team. Individually this amply sums up Kumble. In India he is the veritable `dada’ winning matches single handedly, taking wickets by the bucketful and making the best of batsmen look like clowns in a circus on the designer turning tracks. Away from familiar pitches and conditions, it is the batsman’s turn to extract revenge on the veteran hitting him all over the place, make him look like a novice and see to it that more often than not he ends up with ragged figures.
The disparity between Kumble’s bowling record at home and abroad is well known and the recent seriesRead More »from Kumble should also come under the scanner