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A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket-taker of all time (as of 2020, behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne). In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test match innings, joining England's Jim Laker as the only players to achieve the feat. Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball but relied primarily on pace, bounce, and accuracy. He was nicknamed "Jumbo". Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.

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  • If you were in charge, would an Indian eleven ever play without a spinner?
  • Would you opt for Kuldeep Yadav if Ashwin and Jadeja were not available due to injury?
  • Would you go as far as describing it as a blunder?
  • As a coach, player and a captain yourself, how is it that professional cricketers, team managements, end up misreading conditions?
  • Would it be very difficult to field for India XI that opens with Vijay and Rahul looking at what happened in the first two Test matches?
  • Why do you think that the top order batsman are getting out because of LBW?
  • Would you be fine with it if the batting openings are done by Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal in Melbourne?
  • Do you think that the Indian Cricket team must opt for Mayank Agarwal and Murali Vijay than putting KL Rahul at rest?
  • Would Hardik Pandya be a good decision if he is selected for the Test Series in Melbourne?
  • Do you think that Rahane is now not in his best form as he is unable to make as many runs like Virat and Pujara who are scoring at least a hundred?
  • What is your assessment of Virat Kohli as a batsman?
  • Are you seeing shades of the great Sachin Tendulkar in Virat Kohli?
  • Were you impressed with the Indian cricketers playing aggressively against the Australians in this Test series?
  • What is your assessment of Nathan Lyon?
  • Why do you think that our Indian batsman aren’t playing properly against the Australian spinners?
  • Assuming all the Indian cricket players are fit to play, which eleven players would you choose to play in Melbourne?
  • The stumps mic has been turned on and the players are being heard. We have heard a lot of Rishabh Pant of late. As a player, a coach and someone who dabbles in broadcasting too, what’s your take on this, should this be permitted?
  • Are you sticking to 2-1 as far as your prediction for the series is concerned?
  • Why did you suddenly take the initiative of building health awareness?
  • Why into diabetes and lifestyle?
  • How do you keep yourself healthy?
  • What is your word of advice to the youngsters?
  • What have been your big takeaways in these two months that you have been India’s head coach?
  • Did you bowl a lot of overs in the West Indies?
  • Do you acknowledge your role as the coach of the Indian Cricket Team?
  • Did you also have to work hard as a coach to train the players?
  • The five bowling strategy which you have committed to yourself would be used for India’s test cricket matches?
  • Can you tell us the reason you put Ravichandran Ashwin on the batting line in the top 6 for the West Indies test series?
  • So you never called up a curator to say that Listen, this is the kind of pitch I want when my team arrives to play a Test match?
  • Do you believe India should play a certain way at home, unapologetically on certain kinds of pitches?
  • Do you believe the head coach should have a vote in selection?
  • How important was the synergy between you and Rahul Dravid in finding a deep bench strength?
  • Could you explain as to why did you ask several players to be a part of the NCA?
  • Do you see one of your challenges as handling the transition of MS Dhoni, who is coming into the squad for short bursts and then leaves for long periods?
  • Did you ever in your wildest of imaginations think that you would have such an illustrious career when you made your debut?
  • What kind of difficulties does a bowler face according to you?
  • Do you think bowlers are treated unfairly during selection on the context of them not being able to perform overseas?
  • How different or similar is working with an administrative team to working in cricket?
  • What qualities does one need to be a cricket administrator in India?
  • Do you believe Indian players should form a players’ association?
  • Are you in support of Day/Night Test Match Cricket?
  • What role does a coach play?

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