Ashish Nehra knows who India’s biggest match-winner is with the ball. Although it seems like a tough job considering the number of legends Indian cricket has produced, Ashish Nehra has a clear choice in his head.
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When Ashish Nehra was a prime member of the Indian national cricket team the team was studded with the star players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, and others for company. Ashish Nehra although cannot the match-winner with the bat amid such huge names, he knows who it is with the ball. Anil Kumble, the former Indian captain is Nehra’s biggest match-winner for India with the ball. With 619 Test wickets, India’s leading wicket-taker in the longest format is undoubtedly one of the best of his genre across the generations. Probably that is why Nehra did not have doubt of calling Kumble as the biggest match-winner with the ball. Remember Indian cricket has already seen a bunch of legendary bowlers already but Ashish Nehra is certain of his choice.
Recalling his early impressions of Kumble, Nehra told in a recent interview on Star Sports, “First time I saw him was on television only when Anil Kumble was playing for India. He had those huge glasses, but as you keep on playing your face, mannerisms and style keeps changing every 5-6 years. But I would definitely agree that with the ball, he was India’s biggest match-winner.”
Lee on Kumble
Brett Lee, Australia’s former pacer who featured against Kumble for a considerable time, recalled the year when he first saw Kumble on the TV. Lee thought of Kumble as a University student with glasses. “When he first started playing cricket, a bit like [Daniel] Vettori with the glasses on, a bit like a university student with the look with the glasses.” Lee continued, “He looked a bit shy and timid but 619 wickets later, 130-odd Tests, a legend of the game but a legend of a guy.”