Anil Kumble, the former captain and coach of the Indian cricket team, has revealed a great point about Indian cricket. He believes that the thrilling victory against Australia in the Kolkata Test in 2001 brought a revolutionary change in Indian cricket. After winning the match, the team recognized its true potential and reiterated the spectacular performance abroad besides the country. Kumble says that the 1983 World Cup win has inspired many players of his generation. According to Kumble, this title win has inspired thousands of players like him that he can also play for the country and beat the world’s greatest team.
Kumble said these things during a special discussion session on his book ‘Hit Refresh’ with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday.
When Nadeela asked Kumble which moment in Indian cricket has changed the picture of cricket in the country. The former Indian captain mentioned that 1983 World Cup and Test series played in India against Australia in 2001.
Anil Kumble Described The Whole Scenario Of The Series
Kumble said, “When I was growing up, then the 1983 World Cup victory was very big. All of us got inspiration from that. We started thinking that you can play for your country and beat other teams. But if you ask me the hit refreshing moment of Indian cricket, then India and Australia have a series played in India in 2001. “
Kumble, who took the most wickets in the Test for India, said, “We won that series. I was not in the series due to injury but we were told from there that there is so much potential in us. We lost the first Test. In the second Test, the expectations in Kolkata were almost over, but after that Dravid and Laxman shared the record and we won that Test match. After that we won the series. So for me it was a hit refresh moment in my generation. After this we visited England in 2002. At Headingley, we won the toss and scored 600 runs in the first innings on that green wicket. Then we felt that we can do it again and again. “
Significantly, in the Kolkata Test, India had defeated after having follow-on. In the first innings of this match, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh put the first hat-trick on India’s side in the Test. Australia scored 445 runs in the first innings and forced India to play follow-on while stacking on 171 runs. India had set a target of 384 runs in the second innings with a record partnership for the fifth wicket between Laxman (281) and Dravid (180) and won the game by collapsing Australia’s 212 runs in the second innings. Harbhajan also took six wickets in the second innings.
Kumble Was Interviewed by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadela
When Nadella asked about Kumble’s moment of change in his career, this legendary ballad mentioned the 2003-04 Adelaide Test.
The former Indian captain said, “If I look backwards, then there is a moment that has definitely changed my career, that is the 2003-04 Australia tour. I was struggling to make the place in the last XI. At that time I was 30 years old and when you reach this age, then in Indian cricket, people start asking you when you will retire. “
He said, “This question was asked to me too. I got a chance in the second Test match played in Adelaide. We had drawn the first test. On the first day, Australia scored 404 runs at the loss of five wickets and I took one wicket with 100 runs. That night I thought it was time to do something new now. I thought I would try to put a googly the next day.Having set the field for the off spinner instead of the leg spinner the next day. I took six wickets, I bowled. We had won that test match. Dravid and Laxman scored centuries in that match This hit referendum movement for me. Then I came to know how much I am capable of. “
Kumble is the highest wicket taker for India in ODIs and Tests. Kumble has 337 wickets in ODIs and 619 wickets in Test. He is the first bowler and second bowler in the world to take 10 wickets in an innings. Kumble did this feat against the Pakistan on the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in 1999.