On Monday, PM Narendra Modi cited an example of Anil Kumble in his annual ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha' event on coping with exams in front of the students. Speaking at the event, PM Modi reminded students of the heroics of Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid to emphasize the importance of positive attitude and mindset.
“Who can forget Anil Kumble bowling with an injury. This is the power of motivation and positive thinking.”
PM Modi here referred the famous incident that took place in Antigua Test in 2002 against Windies in which Anil Kumble bowled with the fractured jaw. Kumble fractured his jaw while batting and was thus ruled out of the remainder of the series as he was supposed to undergo a surgery. However, to everyone's surprise, the legendary leg spinner came out to bowl with a bandage around his face and bowled 14 consecutive overs. he took the crucial wicket of Brian Lara and helped the team to end the match on a draw.
PM Modi also said –
“Our cricket team was facing setbacks. The mood was not very good. But in those moments can we ever forget what Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did? They turned the match around.”
Now two days after the remark, Former Indian captain and coach Anil Kumble has come up with a tweet saying he was honoured after PM Narendra Modi mentioned him in his speech.
The first of the five T20Is against New Zealand will be played at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday morning followed with the second on Sunday at the same venue. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the series and Snaju Samson has been called up as the replacement in T20Is.
India squad for T20Is:
Virat Kohli (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur