Can’t think of Indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar: Anil Kumble

The former captain of Indian cricket team Anil Kumble recently said in an interview that he cannot think of Indian cricket team without master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

However, the spin bowler refused to be a part of the debate that when Sachin Tendulkar should retire from International cricket.

Recently, Sachin Tendulkar said in a TV interview that he will take an important decision about his future in November this year, Sachin said at 39 he does not have much cricket left in him.

On this, Anil Kumble said, “I can’t think of Indian cricket without Tendulkar and I want him to continue.”

Kumble was talking to media after launching his sports academy TENVIC at a city school, he said, “It’s a privilege to have shared Indian team dressing room for 13 years with Tendulkar. Eventually, he will have to take the call (for retirement). But this question of when to retire should be best left to him only.”

He said it is always a hard decision for any sportsperson to call it quits after playing for such a long time.

Kumble said, “For any sportsperson it is a tough decision and it is for the individual to take the call. Tendulkar will also eventually have to take the call.”

Moreover, Anil Kumble is the 3rd most successful test bowler in the history of International cricket. He said, “It’s not like that and spin is doing well. You have Graeme Swann of England and he is a fantastic bowler. There is Saeed Ajmal (of Pakistan) and we have R Ashwin who has matured a lot in the matches he has played so far for the country.”

“Then you cannot discount Harbhajan Singh who has taken more than 400 Test wickets and he is 32 only and some years to go on playing. So, it’s good future in spin department in the India,” Kumble added.

Meanwhile, the former cricketer Anil Kumble is the founder of TENVIC Sports Academy which he established in Bangalore in 2010.

Kumble said, “We need to make sports a way of life. The country needs to nurture a sports culture and we have to do it from the grassroot level starting from the schools. That’s why I have decided to launch an academy here at the Ryan International School (Rohini).”

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