CLT20 2013: Anil Kumble advices Mumbai Indians players to keep emotion under check

Anil Kumble is the chief mentor of the Mumbai Indians © Getty Images

New Delhi: Sep 14, 2013

The upcoming Champions League Twenty20 is all set to be Sachin Tendulkar‘s last appearance for the Mumbai Indians but chief mentor Anil Kumble feels the emotions related to the veteran’s swansong should be kept in check to ensure that the side’s performance is not affected.

“Emotions can’t be brought into a game. It won’t help players’ performance. Emotions would obviously be there, but they have to be kept in check… these emotions have to be kept in check. Every player understands that,” Kumble told the team’s official website.

“He [Tendulkar] has been synonymous with Mumbai Indians right from the start of IPL. I have played a lot of cricket with him. It would be ideal for the boys to give him a fitting send-off. He has been a great contributor for Mumbai Indians all those years.

“Although he couldn’t play in the last four-five games in the IPL 2013, but his contribution to the overall cause of the team has always been very important,” he added.