Question mark over Kumble's availability

Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 13:18 [IST]
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Mohali: Despite recovering from a shoulder injury, he kept the suspense hanging over his availability before the Mohali Test against Australia.

Kumble, who was at the nets with the team here on Wednesday afternoon, did not do much bowling though he was seen practising with other team-mates. He also did some batting and fielding practice.

Coach Gary Kirsten too did not seem sure whether Kumble, the highest wicket-taker in India and the third highest in the world with over 600 wickets in his kitty, would be fit to play Friday.

"We are monitoring his progress. He has some pain (in the shoulder). He is a warrior and would surely want to play," Kirsten had said on Wednesday.

Kumble, who has looked upset in recent days after speculation that he would announce his retirement, did not say anything himself to the media here.

Kumble had an injured shoulder on his bowling arm during the first Test at Bangalore. The bowler did not look in good bowling form during the match at his home ground Bangalore, where he went wicket less for only the third time in his 131 match career.

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