He gave me sleepless nights as a batsman: Sangakkara on Indian legend
International Cricket Council recently celebrated the career of one of India’s finest match winners Anil Kumble. Kumble was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2015.
In a video posted by the ICC on social media, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara shared his views on how it was playing the leg spinner.
"Kumble has given me a few sleepless nights as a batsman. He was not your orthodox leg-spinner. This big, tall gangly bowler running in and bowling with very high arm action. Bowling fast, bowling straight and accurately. It was not at all easy to get him away for runs. A lot of bounce... he had great pace on the ball and if there was any rough on a length, the batsman had very little chance of getting away. Lovely guy, very intense cricketer but an absolute champion for India and world cricket," Sangakkara said in the video.
Kumble scalped 619 wickets in 132 Tests, while in 271 ODIs he bagged 337 wickets.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram too reminisced how it was facing up to the challenge of Jumbo.
"I remember he got 10 wickets against us, in India in Delhi in an innings. I was the 10th wicket, I still remember like it was yesterday. A very difficult bowler, unlike any other leg spinner," said Akram