Ever since his appointment as Team India coach, Anil Kumble has constantly been seen using unique techniques to bring the best out of the Virat Kohli brigade. Aware of the challenges in international cricket, Kumble is arguably moving mountains to keep the Indian players on top of their game.
So when the veteran spinner saw Indian batsmen struggling against the spin variations of Australian revelation Steve O'Keefe, he took matters in his own hands.
The 46-year-old, a gem of a right-arm spinner, turned to his left-hand and bowled against the Indian batsmen to prepare them for the O'Keefe threat.March 10, 2017
In a video released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kumble was seen bowling from his left-arm against the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara who has been troubled by O'Keefe in the last two Test matches.
Pujara, who lost his wicket to O'Keefe and Mitchell Starc in the Pune Test, scored a brilliant 92 in the second innings to set up a series-levelling win for India in Bengaluru. O'Keefe turned out to be a major revelation for Australia after notching up his career-best figures of 12-70 in Pune.March 10, 2017
In his bid to simulate what Indian batsmen will be up against, Kumble went to the extent of bowling left-arm spinners to Pujara in practice and also managed to beat him on a few occasions.
"As they have a left-arm spinner, Anil bhai was trying to replicate that, coming from corner of the crease and angling into the right hander and try to spin it from there," Pujara told 'bcci.tv' ahead of the third Test beginning here March 16.
"So I was just trying to get used to that angle as well. Sridhar was coming in from over the stumps, banging in short and just taking the ball away. It was really useful especially Sridhar, he was really accurate. Anil tried his best even though he is a right-arm bowler but he tried bowling left-arm spin and still was decent enough for practice," he added.