Chanderpaul~~s wicket was special, says elated Kumble
Published: Friday, October 18, 2002, 0:42 [IST]
B'day boy Kumble scalps 5, India takes honour
Chennai: Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble, who grabbed five wickets to wreck the West Indies in the second Test, said on Thursday he was most pleased with the prize scalp of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. "His was a special wicket, for he has scored heavily against us many times. It was good to dismiss him early today," the ace spinner said on his 32nd birthday. Chanderpaul was one of Kumble's five victims in the match, caught by wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel for 27. "Parthiv took a brilliant catch to dismiss Chanderpaul as there was quite a bit of extra bounce in that delivery," Kumble said. "It was a new wicket we were playing on and I was not sure how it would behave. The toss was crucial and when we lost it we tried to get them out as quickly as possible," he said. "I don't think it was a great first-day wicket because there was nothing in it for fast bowlers. In the beginning, there was not much bounce and all you could do was to bowl wicket to wicket and maintain a good line," the leg spinner, who has so far taken 345 Test wickets, said. "This was the best thing to do and it worked. After I got a couple of wickets things started happening. There was a bit of bounce in the wicket after tea and I was helped by the fact that Harbhajan kept one end tight."