Kumble to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015,20:19 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Dubai | Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble is all set  to become the fourth Indian after former skippers Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi and Kapil Dev to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, the world body announced  today.
The former India skipper’s induction will take place at Melbourne on Sunday, where India take on South Africa in their World Cup encounter. As part of the induction, Kumble will  receive a commemorative cap during the innings break of the match.
Kumble, who is now the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, is the 78th inductee into the prestigious list. Besides Kumble, late Betty Wilson, one of the greatest women’s cricketers of  all-time will also be inducted on the same day.
The spin legend, with 619 Test wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800) and Shane Warne (708), while his 337 wickets in ODIs ranks him in ninth position on the all-time list of most successful bowlers  in that format.
Kumble captained India in 14 Tests between 2007 and 2008, winning three and losing five.    In the 138-year history of Test cricket during which 2,156 Tests have been played to date, Kumble is one of only two bowlers after England’s Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in an innings.  He achieved this feat against arch-rivals Pakistan in New Delhi in February 1999.
Kumble made his Test debut in 1990 in Manchester and his final appearance was in New Delhi in October-November 2008.    Wilson, a former Australia batter, played 11 Tests between 1947 and 1958 in which she scored 862 runs at average of 57.4 and took 68 wickets at 11.8 per wicket.
England playing catch-up with modern batting, says coach WELLINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) England are still playing catch-up with the modern way of batting in the 50-over format but are showing encouraging signs in closing the gap with the major cricketing nations, the team’s batting coach Mark Ramprakash said today.
England have often been criticised for their lack of intent and innovation while batting, particularly during the opening overs, when a maximum of two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
The team’s dismal run in one-day internationals saw opening batsman and captain Alasatair Cook dumped from the team with the mantle handed to limited-overs specialist Eoin  Morgan.    England’s batsmen have also struggled during the last five World Cups, making just four centuries compared to current holders India, who have hit 18, and they are ranked eighth on that list.    They fared no better during a 111-run thrashing by co-hosts Australia in Melbourne on Saturday, with young James Taylor the only saving grace with a gutsy 98 in the side’s tournament-opening loss.
‘It’s a delicate balance to play with freedom but also responsibility,’ said the 45-year-old Ramprakash, who played 52 tests and 18 ODIs for England.    ‘In the caldron of the international arena, to get that balance right doesn’t always happen clearly.
‘But I think the mentality for England to get up to speed with 50-over cricket and the modern way of batting in this format, I’m happy with the direction that the guys are going  in.’    Last year, England lost home and away ODI series against Sri Lanka, were beaten on home soil by India and were also defeated by Australia in the tri-series final in the lead-up to the World Cup.
‘It’s fair to say, and the stats show that, England right now came into the tournament as an underdog,’ Ramprakash  added.    ‘We don’t have a core of really experienced players. So I don’t think that’s anything sort of new to people. Our players are finding their way.
‘We want the players to go out and play with an aggressive mindset and that freedom… and I think the best sides do that.’