I don~~t believe in physical aggression, says Kumble

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's Test captain Anil Kumble yesterday said that showing too much aggression on the field would not help a team to win the match.

''I am called 'smiling assassin' by some people and I don't think one need to be bodily aggressive on the field to succeed. It is the way you play that always counts. Too much of aggression on the field, I believe is not needed,'' he said to a question whether Indians need to be more aggressive on the field.

Kumble also refused to accept the argument that Indian players were passive in their mentality. ''Aggression has always been part of the Indian team. We show it in our game and our aim always is to get the right result. I don't believe in bodily aggression. Where you have to be aggressive is with the bat and the ball,'' he said.

The leg-spinner from Karnataka said he has confidence in Team India performing well during Australian tour beginning December 20 and repeat the performance of the previous tour where they were in a position to force a series win.

Speaking at a function organised by ING Vysya Bank, for which he is the Brand Ambassador, Kumble, who has been retained as the Captain for Australia tour said, '' We had done very well in the previous tour and led the series 1-0 before the Aussies came back to level the scores.''

''Actually we were in a position to win the final Test at Sydney and win the series. We will take inspiration from that performance and I am confident that we will perform very well on this tour.''

However, the Indian captain said the present focus was on the third and final Test against Pakistan beginning here from December 8. ''Our game plan is simple. We want to score 600 plus runs and take 20 wickets. The mood in our camp is upbeat and we are looking towards this match. Our aim, at present, is to wrap up the series against Pakistan,'' he added.

The Indian captain said his focus was on helping the team perform to the best of its capabilities and his personal records 'just comes along'.

''I am not bothered about the records anymore as almost all records have come my way already. Our immediate focus is to wrap up the series against Pakistan and go to Australia with confidence.

Now, we are working on our game plan on the third Test against Pakistanis. Then we will sit and discuss the Aussie tour,'' he said.

Kumble said he would not be making a comeback to the One-Day side, let alone captain the Indian one-day team.

''No, one-day game is behind me now and I will not be able to make a comeback. I will continue to play only in Test matches.


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