Cairns lauds Kumble~~s comeback to ODI fold

Published: Friday, November 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Expressing his delight at the return of Anil Kumble in the Indian ODI fold, former New Zeland all-rounder Chris Cairns today said the veteran leg-spinner along with Harbajan Singh make for a tough spin combination.

Talking to newsmen here he said, ''I dont understand why Kumble was left out for ODI's by India. Kumble has to play as he and Harbhajan make for a good bowling pair for India and their combination would make the side more tough to crack.''

Stating that upcoming bowlers like S Sreesanth and Irfan Patel and needed experience and more concentration, he said Kumble, being the most experienced and the most successful bowler, could add confidence to the team.

Replying to a question, he said India was doing well and it had improved a lot.

''However, India needs an experienced leader in bowling and Kumble, with his vast experience could take the position. Young pace bowlers need experience,'' he said.

To another question about former Indian Skipper Saurav Ganguly making a comeback, he said, ''Since Yuvraj Singh has been injured Ganguly has a good opportunity to come back.'' About Sreesanth, he said, ''I liked him, he is a nice bowler, he lacks experience and that is what is lacking in India since they dont have a good swing bowler.''

About New Zealand's chances in next year's World Cup, he said, ''I think there is need to be improve in batting as well as bowling and we have already started working. I think New Zealand can reach Semifinal level. Though Australia is a good team it may have to face tough teams including West Indies, who are playing well now, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka''.

When asked did he regret having retired, the former Wisden Cricketer said, ''It is tough to take a decision about retirement and there is never be a right time for retirment. For me I retired on top of my game. I have a young family. I played for 16 years and New Zealand is in good hands. The amount of training and playing and I was away from family for long time.''

Cairns was here along with Daniel Vettori to play matches with under-priviliged boys. They had earlier played in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.


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