Kumble flays media for sensationalisation

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 13:35 [IST]
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Anil KumbleMohali: Anil Kumble, the Indian captain, has blamed at the Indian media for sensationalising even trivial issues surrounding his form, fitness and remarks made by players.
Kumble had a poor match in Bangalore, going wicketless for only the third time in his career, and after suffering from a sore shoulder, there were reports in the media that the end was near for India's lone match-winner in recent times.

In his column in The Hindu, Kumble lashed out at the scrutiny from the Indian media. He wrote, "What has also been somewhat unexpected is the way the Indian media seems to have delighted in analysing and sensationalising every little action, remark or gesture. I didn't really expect to have to go through this all over again on my home turf.

"That time, ten months ago, saw me unfortunately having to split my time between playing cricket and handling a host of unnecessary off-the-field issues, instead of being able to concentrate on playing the game and handling my team."

However, he confirmed that the injury he was carrying was only a niggle and nothing serious, and was hoping to be completely fit for the Mohali Test starting Friday. He wrote, "And for those who are wondering, I'm feeling good. I am hopeful the shoulder injury I picked up during the match should be fine by the second Test and that it will be business as usual thereafter.

"When I decide to make a final bow, I'll go on my own terms," he added.

The 37-year old also added his team's performance in the first Test wasn't as bad as it was made out to be in the media.

"Actually, I'm pretty happy with the way things panned out after we lost the toss. From the look of the pitch, this was a track on which 600 could have been made batting first. That the Australians took five sessions and more to make about 400 is a reflection on how wonderfully well our bowling unit performed.

"Harbhajan and Zaheer stood up and made sure they not only cut down the lead, but also showed everyone that our tail can handle this Australian attack with ease. It may also be noted that our four senior batsmen, Sachin and Rahul, Sourav and Laxman, all played a part in this Test."


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