Kumble analyses Team India's spin department

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Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 17:07 [IST]
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Team India has quality spinners: Kumble

New Delhi, Sep 25: Former India skipper Anil Kumble, on Tuesday analysed Team India's spin department, as he said there are quality bowlers in the current team.

Analysing all the strengths in the team's spin department, Kumble added that Harbhajan was exceptional while Ashwin has been very calm under pressure and Ojha steady, which provides a lot of balance while the two bowl in tandem.

Talking about the spinners, India's legendary spinner said, "You'll never know the real calibre of a spinner if you don't give him enough opportunities. Right now the spin cupboard is pretty healthy because there are two spinners (Ashwin and Ojha) who are performing on the field."

Moreover, he hailed Harbhajan Singh, and said the veteran's experience coupled with youngsters Ashwin, Ojha's performance, the team need not worry about spinners, as they are very good.

"There's Harbhajan who has the experience of picking 400 Test wickets and who's a highly fierce competitor and exceptionally skilled. When he comes back to being his best, you'll have three quality spinners in the side plus the three leg-spinners waiting in the wings," Kumble told BCCI's official website on Tuesday.

Kumble also termed Ashwin as an intelligent bowler, who remains calm under pressure.

"He's not scared to try out different deliveries in a match. He knows how to set up a batsman, which I think is the key for any bowler."

"He has the wicket-taking ability. Nobody thought Ashwin will be successful in Tests. Everyone looked at him as a limited-overs specialist. They also looked at me as a one-day bowler. But I proved them wrong and Ashwin is on track to doing so, with his recent Man of the Series performance against the Kiwis," said Kumble.

Moreover, he also termed Ojha's performance as steady, as also expressed his pleasure watching the two (Ashwin, Ojha) bowl in tandem.

Kumble also felt a few corrections on his arm-ball can benefit him.

"He needs to work a bit on his arm-ball. He has it in him but he hasn't picked too many wickets with the arm-ball. So, that's something he can work on. He's a young spinner and the more opportunities he gets, the more he'll learn. Ojha is also a very able partner to Ashwin. They hunt as a pair; one guy keeps one end tied up and the other picks up the wickets. They complement each other really well."

With these three spinners doing a fabulous job for India, Kumble feels the spin department is very healthy and the team management need not worry about spinners.


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