[caption id="attachment_671286" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ganguly-kumble.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-671286" alt="Sourav Ganguly (left) and Anil Kumble are amongst the two most respected Indian cricketers AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ganguly-kumble.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Sourav Ganguly (left) and Anil Kumble are amongst the two most respected Indian cricketers AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sourav-ganguly" target="_blank">Sourav Ganguly's</a> toughest job as Indian captain was to inform <a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/anil-kumble" target="_blank">Anil Kumble</a> that he had been dropped for a particular overseas Test. India could play just one spinner, and in the 2000s, often Harbhajan Singh got the preference. Ganguly has been vocal of his admiration for Kumble and as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, he elected Kumble as India's Head Coach in 2016. <p></p> <p></p>In an interview with <i>HT Brunch</i>, Ganguly revealed that Kumble, who he believes is the India's biggest match-winner, is the most underrated cricketer. <p></p> <p></p>"Anil Kumble (is the most underrated cricketer). I think he is the biggest match winner India has ever produced. We speak about a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virat Kohli or a Ravichandran Ashwin, but it is a fact that Kumble has won far more matches for India than anyone else," Ganguly said. <p></p> <p></p>Last month, Ganguly recalled how he played a role in getting Kumble selected for the Australia tour 2003-04. <p></p> <p></p>Ganguly had then recalled: Remember attending a selection meeting before the tour of Australia in 2003. I was the captain of the side and I knew, selectors were not very keen on having Anil in that tour. As I entered the selection meeting, I could sense the selectors had made up their mind to leave Anil Kumble out. I kept on requesting and insisting that he is such a match winner, he is done so much good for Indian cricket. He must be in Australia and the selectors just didn t agree. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/when-sourav-ganguly-influenced-selectors-to-include-anil-kumble-in-2002-03-australia-tour-664571"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p> The selectors wanted to pick a left-hand spinner because Australians don t play left-hand spin well, and this went on for a good couple of hours. It was getting late and John Wright came up to me and said Sourav, let s finish this and go with what they said and I am sure we will do well . <p></p> <p></p> I told John that Kumble has been a champion for last 10 years, he is on his way down at the moment, may be because he hasn t bowled well, but I actually feel it is a temporary thing. I told John if you leave Anil, he may not play for India again. I said I am not going to sign the selection sheet till Anil is in the side. The selectors got fed up with me and said if I don t play well, if the team does not play well and if Kumble does not play well, I will the first person to go before anyone goes. I said fine, I am ready to take that risk and we will see what happens. <p></p> <p></p> Anil had an outstanding series, an outstanding year as well. He went on to pick 80 wickets that year, which was the most by any spinner in a calendar year in history of Test cricket. <p></p> <p></p>Kumble picked 167 wickets at just over 28 under Ganguly's leadership. Kumble later went on to lead India in 2007 and 2008. Ganguly played a key role in India's series win against Pakistan under Kumble in 2007-08.