RAMYA KRISHNAMURTHY writes from Bangalore: The rest of the country might see this as Kannadiga overkill of what is actually a very Indian achievement down under. And a very Indian achievement it truly is. But the real man of the Perth match in my book is Anil Kumble, not Irfan Pathan.
Yes, the Baroda all-rounder took a few wickets and scored a few runs in a comeback match, but so did R.P. Singh and Ishant Sharma; so did Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, and to an extent Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In an evenly balanced match, there were very few standout performance really, on both sides.
But some times, the efforts of the real Man of the Match candidate defies quantification. He may not have scored a ton of runs, bagged a slew of wickets, or cupped a lot of catches, yet he could have played a huge role in the way the match went.
Which is where my candidate comes in: Anil Radhakrishna Kumble.
Here’s a team which nobody wanted to lead. Here’s a team which nobody wanted to coach. Here’s a team which nobody gave a hope in hell down under. Here’s a team which lost the first Test miserably in Melbourne. Here’s a team which went through fire in the second Test in Sydney. Here’s a team which could have gone to pieces.
And yet here we are in Perth—together, united, proud, victorious, and heads high.
We could say it was a real team effort: veteran batsmen chipping in at various stages, rookie bowlers clicking at the right stages, an inspired captaincy input from Virender Sehwag, etc. And sure enough it was a team effort, everybody doing his bit. Still, the cementing factor in all this is the silent steel of Anil Kumble.
He showed a defiant but dignified face to the world, but he deserves no small credit for holding the team together, for uniting the team in its beliefs and core strengths, for never losing sight of the big picture in an ocean of pumped-up patriotism, and for showing the team where the real battle must be fought.
And as if all that weren’t enough, he climbed Mount 600 just when it seemed all downhill.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News
“Very nice Team Effort ” Really done a wonderful Team job
Congrats to Kumble on twin achievements. Gritty leader and iconic bowler. True kannada naadina Maga .
Jai Karnataka Maathe.
India’s best captain
Here is wonderful artcile in scotsman about Indian victory. This article is special because, it is not written by Indian. Read it:
Thanks for the article.
” Here’s a team which nobody wanted to lead. Here’s a team which nobody wanted to coach.”
Very True……i never seen these lines with any article or any person who is ESPN or anyone back home.
Good Article about Kumble…….He is really special……..
Its’ good fortune of Indian cricket team that they found a great leader in him at the right time….. May be History was waiting him down under………………
What a timing………..I think one line what Anil said in Sydney in the post Match conference said it all ” Only one team today playing in the spirit of the game”………..and rest is history…………..The whole cricketing world sat back and debated the whole issue……………………
Hats of to great Anil Kumble……………I am proud to be Kannadiga once again…………….
good link you have provided. It is one of the best article written over Indian victory in Perth. Thanks……..
Whether it is the country or any enterprise, it is the leaership that makes a quality differece and certainly though credit should go to the team but who made the team to deliver and it is none other than Anil Kumble
And let us not forget another Karnataka man working behind the scenes. The pace bowling coach – Venkatesh Prasad. See this article in an Aussie site: