Delhi curator to gift spinning track to Kumble

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Feroz Shah kotla, the lucky ground for Test captain Anil Kumble, will host the third Test between India and Australia and its curator Radhey Shyam Sharma said he will prepare a track which will suit 'Jumbo's' bowling style.

Kumble has an outstanding record at the Feroz Shah kotla; in six Test matches here, he has picked up 55 wickets, including all ten in an innings against Pakistan, at an average of 15.42.

Sharma has been preparing pitches at the Feroz Shah Kotla since 1996 and the forthcoming Test match between India and Australia will be the last time he will prepare a Test match wicket.

In his final Test match in-charge of the pitch, he wants to give Kumble the kind of pitch he relishes bowling on.

''This will be my parting gift to Kumble. Even though he has risen to great heights as a cricketer, Kumble is a lovely human being at heart. Whenever he comes to Delhi, he always takes time out to sit and chat with me.

''I've always made wickets that suit Kumble, and this time it won't be any different,'' he added.

Speaking about the wicket he'd prepared for the forthcoming Test match, Sharma said, ''This wicket against Australia will give some assistance to seamers initially but the spinners can come into play as early as on third-day morning. There will be no dust on the wicket but the ball will tend to grip the pitch and get more turn.

There'll be a bit of uneven bounce with the wear and tear.'' The 73-year-old also warned all those who questioned Kumble's ability saying, ''there's no way he will miss the match. This venue is very special to him and he'll play, come what may. In fact for all those people who believes that Kumble is now a spent force, he will bounce back here in Delhi.'' The Kotla has been a favourite hunting ground for the Indian team too; they have won seven consecutive Test matches at the Kotla, and the last time they were beaten there was more than two decades ago, in 1987.


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