Anil Kumble's advice to emerging spinners

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 13:24 [IST]
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Anil Kumble's advice to budding spinners

Bangalore: India's spin legend Anil Kumble advised budding spinners should learn to bowl with the new ball as cricket has gone through a slew of changes especially with the advent of Twenty20.

“Normally a spinner is looked at as someone bowling with an old ball. But with new concepts and the game getting shorter, the challenge is to bowl with the new ball and try different grips, try to come up with different types of deliveries, try and bowl from different angles," Kumble said during the course of the specialised session on spin bowling for coaches at the National Cricket Academy here on Monday.

Kumble also emphasised that 12 or 13-year-old kids should not try spin bowling due to the distance he or she has to propel the ball.

“The easier option is to bowl medium-pace at that age and then see if he is strong enough to reach the ball past 22 yards," Kumble said besides adding that there should be constant follow-up by the NCA and the State associations so that a young cricketer is not lost in the system as he progresses through the ranks.

In the afternoon, L. Sivaramakrishnan and Venkatapathy Raju discussed spin bowling techniques and the NCA head of sports sciences Dr. Kinjal Suratwala spoke about the mental aspects.

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