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Thatscricket - News - Kumble swirls his arms at club game

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 22:02 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble has returned to competitive cricket after a long gap and bowled his team - Young Cricketers - to a thrilling two-run victory in the KSCA Group I Division III league match here. ''I felt good. I was not apprehensive going into the game. It was nice to go out there into the middle and start bowling in a match again. I am quite happy with the way things went'', Kumble, who has been recuperating from right shoulder surgery since January last, said on Wednesday.The 29-year old leg spinner, who has been studiously following the rehabilitation programme suggested by shoulder specialist Mark Fergusson of South Africa, began with two overs of medium pace. ''I wanted to warm up with pace bowling'', Kumble, who used to bowl medium pace to begin with, added. There after he sent another 12 overs of leg spin and finished with a haul of three for 49. ''I probably should not have bowled that many overs. But if I hadn't, then the team would have lost the match'', the spinner added indicating that he had not lost competitive spirit despite the long lay off. ''The shoulder was a bit stiff after my first outing. But I haven't bowled for the last couple of days. I am feeling fine now'', he added. Kumble, who had informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about his non-availability for the Sri Lankan tour, is confident of returning to the side for the gruelling tour of South Africa in October. In Tuesday's match, Young Cricketers beat Doorvani Cricketers by two runs.Kumble has played 61 Test and bagged 176 wickets besides 274 wickets from 208 One-day Internationals. UNI

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