Anil Kumble reveals why India determined towards pulling out of 2008 Australia tour

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The 2007-08 India’s tour of Australia was an especially controversial one. The Indian and Australian had been at loggerheads constantly all through the collection with a number of contentious umpiring selections including gas to the fire.Then the notorious Sydney Test of January 2008 occurred which even gave the potential of derailment of the entire collection. It had the Monkeygate scandal the place off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was handed a three-match ban by the ICC for allegedly racially abusing Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

The speak of Indian group pulling out of the 2007-08 Australia Tour began dominating the headlines. But India captain Anil Kumble determined towards the choice. India ultimately appealed towards the choice and Harbhajan was ultimately let off with a superb of 50 per cent of his match charges by New Zealand High Court choose John Hansen.

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Kumble revealed in a dialog with R Ashwin that pulling out of the 2007-08 Australia Tour following the controversial Sydney Test may have been an “acceptable” possibility however his aspect continued the collection to set an instance by profitable the remaining matches in attempting circumstances.

“You know as a captain you’re generally tuned to take decisions on the field. Here I was faced with something, which was off the field, to take a decision in the larger interest of the game,” the legendary spinner advised R Ashwin in his Youtube present ‘DRS with Ash’.

The 49-year-old Kumble, the nation’s highest Test wicket-taker with 619 scalps from 132 matches, additionally made it clear that he felt Harbhajan was “wronged” by the choice of the ICC.

“We had to obviously be together as a team but the challenge was that there was a lot of talk about the team wanting to come back at that point in time, and leave the tour and come back. Yes, you know, probably (people) would have accepted that the Indian team was wronged and that’s why they came back.”

There had been additionally fairly a couple of poor umpiring selections, specifically within the Sydney Test which went towards India. Umpire Steve Bucknor, who was officiating the Test, lately accepted the errors.

India had misplaced the primary Test by 337 runs and second Test by 122 runs however went on to win the third Test by 72 runs in Perth and the fourth and finishing Test in Adelaide led to a draw.

Kumble stated: “I think as a captain, or as a team, we had gone there to win the series. Unfortunately, with the first two results not going our way, the best result could have been a drawn series because two more Test matches remained and I just wanted to rally around the team.

“We got around as a unit and then we sort of took a decision to continue and make sure that we go on and win the next couple of matches because that would be the best message that we can give back our fans.”

Kumble had led India in 14 Tests, profitable three, shedding six and drawing 5 instances after taking on the reigns from Rahul Dravid in 2007. He is the world’s all time third highest Test wicket-taker in an illustrious career between 1990 and 2008.

(with PTI inputs)

[Attribution HT]

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