Kumble confident of making it to SA

Published: Friday, May 11, 2001, 22:30 [IST]
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Bangalore: Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble on Friday termed his rehabilitation programme with renowned shoulder specialist Mark Fergusson as ''satisfying'' saying he hoped to return to competitive cricket by August.

''I had a very successful physiotherapy and rehabilitation programme for over three weeks with Dr Fergusson. I am feeling much better and should be able to return to competitive cricket by August,'' he told UNI on Friday.

Anil Kumble, who had left for consultations with Dr Fergusson in South Africa last month, returned on Wednesday. Asked whether he would be available for the Sri Lankan tour in July, Kumble said, ''If I recover before the tour, it will be a bonus." However, he expressed confidence of being fully fit for the South African tour from October.

Though he is happy over the progress of his shoulder and has started training and bowling practice, Kumble said he was not fully fit. He also had consultations with orthopedic Prem Chand Khincha who was also in South Africa during the rehabilitation programme.

Thirty-year old Anil Kumble underwent surgery in right shoulder in January last at Johannesburg. After playing one match in Sharjah in October last, Kumble had problems. Since then, he had to miss major tournaments, including the home series against Australia.

Asked about reports on his taking up a film assignment, Anil Kumble said, "It is a different matter. I have not applied my mind. I am concentrating on recovering from the shoulder injury and playing cricket."

Kumble, who has been strictly following the guidelines of Dr Fergusson, has started bowling at the nets in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Meanwhile, Indian physio Andrew Leipus, who also came to Bangalore with Anil Kumble from South Africa, said that the leg spinner was showing remarkable improvement. "I will be working with him and he should be fit in the next six weeks."

Leipus, an Australian settled in South Africa, is here in connection with the camp of Indian probables commencing from May 13. He felt that the great leg spinner needed to bowl medium pace to get his bowling arm back to shape before actually turning to spin.

Now he was fit enough to bowl and throw. He should start bowling particular number of deliveries a day for five days a week.

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