No more straight ones, no more forehead wiping, and no more Anil.
The man is gone.
There will never be another Kumble.
It is not possible.
Being a legspinner is hard enough, but to play at his level for this long, without a ripping leg break is super human.
It’s like a porn star having a small dick.
Or a porn star having no breasts.
It just doesn’t happen.
Somehow Anil made it work.
That takes a special man, a great man.
To rise above all the crap that goes on in Indian cricket and be a genuine match winner for over 100 tests is amazing.
He was written off so many times, but something in him just rose above it all.
And that is why he is a champion.
He wasn’t exciting, not even to a leg spinner, but he still won matches and contributed to his country winning games, not many players can say they did that.
Compared with the other great test spinners of his generation, he looks average.
But like a boxer without a knockout punch, he is overlooked and underrated.
Sure Murali and Warne had the weapons, but Kumble could punch all day, or for all 5 days.
He was never going to win as many fights as the other two, but he never stopped punching.
I would say in the history of test cricket there has been hundreds of bowlers more talented than Kumble.
Yet he has out lived, out bowled, and out muscled almost all of them.
That is a special player.
That is Anil Kumble.
And test cricket was lucky to have him.