Eternal optimist that I am, I have always maintained that there will never be a shortage of top class spin bowlers in India given the long and rich tradition of such bowling in the country. India has produced the most fascinating variety of spin bowlers and throws them up with the same regularity that West Indies used to come up with fast bowlers.
Even after the line-up of outstanding Caribbean pacemen dried up once Walsh and Ambrose called it a day at the turn of the new millennium, Indian spin interests continued to be in good hands. Anil Kumble was still around as the kingpin of the attack and Harbhajan Singh had announced his arrival on the big stage with his match winning spells against Australia.
Because Indian cricket had the happy knack of discovering one great spin bowler after another for well over half a century it was thought that the spin cupboard in this country would never be empty.
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