Press Esc to close

Can't think of Indian cricket without Tendulkar: Kumble

New Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) 16:43 IST
Sachin Tendulkar might be giving retirement a thought after 23 years at the international level but former captain Anil Kumble says he cannot think of Indian cricket without the iconic batsman.

Kumble, however, refused to be drawn into the debate of when Tendulkar should retire and said the decision should be best left for the veteran batsman.

"I can't think of Indian cricket without Tendulkar and I want him to continue," Kumble said when asked about Tendulkar telling a television channel that he will re-assess his future next month as at 39 he does not have much cricket left in him.

"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," added Kumble after launching his sports academy TENVIC at a city school.

Kumble said it's hard for any sportsperson to call it quits after playing for a long time at the highest level.

"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," said the former leg-spinner.

On to other topics, the third most successful spinner in Test cricket disagreed with the view that spin bowling is on the wane in the game.

"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," he said.

"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," he added.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.