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~~Kumble~~s lbw appeals prone to be turned down~~

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore:Indian leg-spin wizard Kumble bowls quicker than his Australian counterpart Shane Warne and this is the reason why umpires refusing a number of leg before appeals by Kumble. But Warne is bowling slower and it is easy for umpires to reach in a conclusion and he is getting more favourable decisions, according to ICC elite panel Umpire Simon Taufel.

"Warne tends to bowl a lot slower and hence it is easier for umpires to form their opinion. Kumble on the other hand hits the bat a lot quicker and hence sometimes the umpires can't be that sure," Taufel was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times.

According to a report in the paper, Kumble appeared extremely cut up with umpire Brian Jerling for refusing a number of leg before decisions during the third cricket Test against the West Indies currently being played in St Kitts.

The report also said West Indies players have expressed resentment at the number of leg before wicket decisions that have gone against the hosts in the on going Cricket series against Indians. There have been 13 lbw dismissals against the Caribbeans in the series so far.

West Indian captain Brian Lara, who has been trapped lbw in his last four innings, said the reason behind it could be because the Indians tend to bowl their deliveries within the stumps while his players prefer the "corridor on and around the off-stump".

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