Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cricket must talk

India’s Test captain Anil Kumble, who led the team on an Australian tour riding high on controversies said cricket should do all the talking now to counter sledging.

"I believe cricket can do the talking. It is the best way to counter sledging," the champion leg spinner said.

Kumble opined that the war of word should not be stretched beyond the cricket ground. India's recently concluded tour to Australia saw many ugly events on the ground being carried too far for the comfort of cricket fans.

"Word duels have always been there. It is nothing new to cricket or any sport. I firmly believe that whatever happens on the field should remain on the field," Kumble said.

The Indian Test captain said India's aggressive approach is nothing new: "It is wrong to say that in the past we were not aggressive."

Kumble stressed that he would like the tour to be remembered for India’s achievements rather than the controversies: "I hope the people remember our victories in Perth (Test) and the ODIs rather than Sydney."

Kumble was effusive in his praise for MS Dhoni’s ODI side praised the one-day squad for their tri-series win in Australia.

"The youngsters are highly skillful and they have done well. We have now shown the confidence and skill and executed it perfectly in Australia, especially in the one-dayers," he said.

Kumble revealed at the moment his focus was on doing well in the home Test series against South Africa: "Right now my focus is on winning against South Africa and not reaching a personal milestone," he said.

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