~~It will be very difficult to handle Kumble~~

Published: Friday, March 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Anil Kumble not only dislodged Paul Collingwood's bails on day two of the second Test but also managed to sow a seed of doubt in the mind of the English batsman who feels it would be difficult for his side to negotiate the Indian leggie.

Collingwood's was the only wicket to fall on the rain-truncated day of the second Test and the batsman has no doubt that the 'fairly tricky' spinner would make life difficult for the English batsmen.

''It was a very good ball,'' he said, as the batsman recalled his dismissal. It was a Kumble delivery that turned a bit and Collingwood (25) played down the wrong line as the ball hit the top of the middle stump to give the leggie his 498th Test wicket.

Collingwood batted for 103 minutes, facing 77 balls for his 25 runs and added 23 runs for the fifth wicket with his skipper.

''Kumble will be bowling a lot of overs in the series and it will be difficult to combat him,'' Collingwood told reporters after the day's proceeding.

Kumble is just two scalps shy of becoming the first Indian bowler to claim 500 Test wickets.

Asked to compare Kumble with spinners like Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, Collingwood evaded a direct answer and said, '' All of them are very difficult to play in their own backyards.'' Referring to the Mohali pitch, he said, ''It is pretty even and the ball is swining in heavy conditions. There is evidence of reverse swing which will be good for us.'' Though weather condition took a heavy toll on the match, Collingwood remained positive.

''Two days have already gone but there is still a long time to go into the match and we have to stay positive.'' Asked what the team did today as the match was restricted to just 67 minutes, the England batsman said ''We took lot of food, read and worked with physio Nigel Stockill.''


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