Nothing to beat India-Pak rivalry: Kumble

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) Skipper Anil Kumble does not seem much enamoured by the hype being built around the upcoming Test series against Australia because he feels that nothing can match the traditional rivalry that India and Pakistan share in terms of passion and commitment.

''I think every series has its charm and even India-Australia has such charm. But you can't really beat the rivalry that India-Pakistan has,'' Kumble told the NDTV.

While admitting that the series against Australia will bring out the best from the players, ''but Indo-Pak, nothing can beat that passion and competitiveness on the field.'' Yes the series against Australia has always been tough especially after 2001 tour, he said.

''I think it all started probably in 2001 in Kolkata when we won the Test match and the series. Since then India-Australia series has always been something which everybody looks forward to,'' he said.

About the expectations of the people from the seniors, Kumble said, ''That's the challenge for a sportsman. You are not trying to prove anything to anyone. It's all about your competitiveness, your spirit and your performance is the pride of the country.'' About his retirment plan, the country's highest test wicket-taker gave a diplomatic reply ''I am still enjoying the game and enjoying the challenges and it will be great to have a crack at the Australian this time.'' UNI HSB RKM HT1946

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