Anil Kumble (Image courtesy: Getty)
Anil Kumble (Image courtesy: AFP)

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian wrist spinners, have tormented South Africa in the ongoing tour. The duo claimed 33 wickets in the ODI series to guide India to a convincing 5-1 scoreline. Cricket South Africa (CSA) invited Anil Kumble, to their High Performance Spinning Clinch in Johannesburg. Kumble was reported by ESPN as saying, “My message to the youngsters is simple, stay positive and remain focused on your goals. As a spinner, it is always important to keep a positive mindset when bowling, it is a challenging art but once you master it, it becomes very rewarding.”

Former South African spinners Paul Harris and Johan Botha joined Kumble, as did CSA’s High Performance spinning coaches, Shafiek Abrahams, Harry Shapiro and Paul Adams.

“It is always an opportunity of a lifetime to receive advice from a brilliant cricketer like Anil Kumble,” said Tabraiz Shamsi. “He has given me some tips to implement on my technique and hopefully the wickets will keep coming next season.”

South African women’s skipper and leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk too expressed her delight: “There are not many spinners in women’s cricket, especially leg-spinners so today has been a privilege. Kumble is an all-time great and has great expertise about spin bowling, I have learnt a lot today.”

Even the experienced Botha picked up a few tricks: “Today was a great experience and even as an international player it was a privilege to learn some new tricks of the trade from Kumble. You can never have enough information and I hope the players here today will benefit from Kumble’s wisdom and go on for bigger achievements in the next season.”