Kaif should be recalled for Tests, says Kumble

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Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 17:16 [IST]
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Kumble backs Kaif to make Test return

New Delhi, Jul 14: India's legendary spinner Anil Kumble on Friday felt Mohammad Kaif can still make a comeback in Tests as his inclusion could strengthen India's line-up.

"I still believe he can add a lot of value to the Test team, especially with Rahul having retired and a few other seniors not far away from retirement," Kumble told Wisdenindia.com in an interview.

Kumble stressed on Kaif's comeback as the Uttar Pradesh cricketer has been quite consistent in domestic circuit and has continued to be a fantastic fielder, which is another plus point.

"Kaif is only 31, and I believe it is the time when, as a batsman, you are nearing the peak of your powers. He has been consistent in domestic cricket, had a good last season, and he continues to be a brilliant fielder," Kumble added.

With experience to back him, Kaif can be considered for the longer version of the game, as he has the technique to perform well having played cricket at international level.

"As much as anything else, he has great attitude, so I don't see why they should not look at him in the Test level. He has been there, done that in the Test match arena, he has the experience and the technique to do well as he has shown in the past."

He further added saying that selectors would think about grooming youngsters than giving aged players another opportunity ahead of the World Cup, but Kumble felt there was nothing wrong in selecting the middle-order batsman as his presence will boost India's Test line-up especially after Rahul Dravid's retirement.

"I can understand the selectors wanting to look ahead when it comes to the one-day game, but as far as Test cricket is concerned, Kaif is still a very good bat. He is solid, has good technique, so why not give him another go?," he concluded.


Story first published:  Saturday, July 14, 2012, 13:22 [IST]
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