Kumble praises India's young bowling attack

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Adelaide, Jan 23 (UNI) India captain Anil Kumble is happy with the way the young pace attack has responded to their skipper's call Down Under.

India had a relatively inexperienced bowling attack under Kumble but all three seamers returned with impressive figures and are likely to be rewarded for their performances by getting a place in the playing XI against the Aussies.

''People have stepped up to the plate, especially the bowling department,'' he said.

''Before we came into the series, the question that was asked about us was picking up 20 wickets (in a match) - we've done that.

''Although we don't have possibly the most experienced fast bowling unit, I'm really happy and delighted the young bowling attack has stepped up.'' RP Singh, 22, has claimed 13 wickets in the series while the 23-year-old Irfan Pathan scalped five wickets and scored 74 runs in the only Test he got to play at Perth.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Ishant Sharma has taken three wickets in the series and has consistently troubled Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Kumble brought out the example of Aussie team saying it is difficult to replace any player in the team. But the captain was hopeful that India has enough talent coming through who can replace him in coming years.

''It is difficult to replace anybody; you can possibly see that in the Aussie team already,'' Kumble said.

''Every team will undergo the transition and how we do that transition is going to be the key.

''India is definitely talented in terms of what we have back home, so it's just a matter of ensuring they get the confidence and probably in four years you'll have a good set of players,'' he added.


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