Kumble unlikely to play tomorrow, receives 10 stitches

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New Delhi, Oct 31 (UNI) Indian captain Anil Kumble received ten stitches in the little finger of his left hand and is unlikely to take field tomorrow against Australia on the fourth day of the third Test here.

Kumble injured his finger in the post-lunch session when he was trying to take a catch of Matthew Hayden when the batsman was on 70.

''Anil has received about 10 stiches in his finger and is currently in the recovery room of the Apollo hospital with his wife,'' a team source told UNI.

The 38-year-old Kumble, who has bowled 17 overs in Australia's first innings, may not take the field tomorrow as the source said, ''It seems unlikely that he would play tomorrow.'' However, it can be recalled that some years back during India's tour of West Indies, the leg-spinner played in a Test even after being hit in the jaw and was stitches all through the injured area.

Even though India has posted a mamoth total of 613 in the first innings but the home team would still require the services of its leading wicket-taker as the hosts have just four genuine bowlers in the playing XI.

Virender Sehwag, who was given the ball after Kumble was forced to leave the field, however, did a tremendous job and claimed three wickets of Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.


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