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Thatscricket - News - Ill get down to practice in a week: Confident Kumble

Published: Friday, May 17, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: India's ace leg spinner, Anil Kumble, who underwent surgery for his broken lower jaw was on Friday discharged from hospital and exuded confidence of returning to the field in about two weeks time.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Kumble, who looked cheerful, despite the nagging pain of the surgery, performed at a private hospital on Thursday, in a chat with reporters said, he would get into practice session after a week.He said the doctors have advised him to continue to be on semi-solid food for some more time to facilitate healing of surgery wounds."I am feeling much better now. The doctors here gave me best of the treatment," Kumble said.The leggie showered words of praise on Indian team's physio, Andrew Leipus. " He did a good job in bandaging the injured jaw to ensure that no further damage was caused," he said.Answering a volley of questions, despite the discomfort Kumble said, the pain ofIndia being forced to draw the fourth Test, despite having more than 500 runs onboard, bothered him much more than the pain of a broken jaw.He said, India could have got a result, had he been able to scalp the wicket ofHooper. "Though I got him (Hooper), I had bowled a no ball," he added.On being asked whether he would have preferred to continue bowling at theAntigua Test, Kumble said, he would have considered it.Kumble, was all humility while recounting that several cricketers in the pastincluding M A K Pataudi, B S Chandrashekar, Venkatapathy Raju, V V S Laxman,Rahul Dravid and others had played with broken bones and saved matches forIndia."I don't think that I have done anything of that sort. As an international sportingman, you have to perform better," Kumble said.He said last month has been a tough one for him and recalled the support he gotfrom his wife, Chetana, which gave him the strength to overcome the odds.On being asked how felt on being nominated for the Wisden India Cricketer of theCentury award, Kumble said, "It is very nice to recgonised."He said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiyatelephoned him, soon after he was injured and assured him that his medicalexpenses would be taken care of. PTI

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