'Kumble could have turned tide in India's favour'

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 18:44 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua): The presence of leg spinner Anil Kumble could have turned the match in India's favour, Indian captain Saurav Ganguly said on Tuesday at the end of the fourth cricket Test, which ended in a draw here. "Kumble was 20 per cent fit, and he made a great effort. It was hard work for the bowlers," Ganguly said. In an inspiring spell of 14 overs he bowled on the third evening, Kumble dismissed Brian Lara and almost had Carl Hooper, but the jaw fracture prevented him from playing any further part on the last two days. "India had a poor batting performance in Barbados, and we wanted to put them under pressure.

But the wicket turned out to be a better," Hooper said. Avoiding the follow-on after India had made a huge total, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's continuing good form with the bat and wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs finding his own were the positives coming out of the match for the West Indies, hooper added. Ajay Ratra was named man-of-the-match for his maiden Test hundred. "It was a great pleasure to score a century overseas. The coach worked on me, the captain gave me the confidence and Laxman motivated me a lot when I was batting," Ratra said.

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