Bangalore:Royal Challengers skipper Anil Kumble is not just looking ahead to the game against the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, he has also brought out a book of his wildlife and cricket photography called Wide Angle. And in the spirit of the game rival captain Shane Warne of the Rajasthan Royals did the honours and released the book.
Warne also said a lot of nice things about his fellow spinner. Congratulating Kumble on 'Wide Angle', Warne said, "I have been lucky enough or unlucky enough to play against Anil for nearly 20 years. We are still playing against each other in the IPL. We all know what a gentleman he is, how humble he is - and the way he conducts himself on and off the field is a real example to everybody. But don't let that fool you that he is not competitive!"
"I've been lucky enough to get to know Anil away from cricket and it is my pleasure and an honour to call him a friend. But once we get on the field none of us like to lose." he added.
Appreciation poured in for Kumble as Warne said, "More than the statistics, I think the one stand-out fact about Anil Kumble is the size of his heart. That is the most important thing about a person. He is a giver no matter what the situation."
Warne also spoke about the 'Indian Cricket fever' and said that it took him a long time to understand the passion for the game in India. "My first couple of tours here with Australia in the nineties, I sort of fought the culture a little bit. I fought the spicy food but over a period of time I got to understand and appreciate the culture. And I love coming to India now." he said.
Anil Kumble described his passion for photography and recalled the best moments he had captured. "In Durban I had set up the camera - I was on the 17th floor. There you can open the windows fully - people think you won't jump out. I got some great shots. My favourite cricketing shot is Sachin getting his 35th Test hundred in Delhi that has both Sachin waving at the crowd and the scoreboard behind him." Kumble said.
The modest Royal Challengers skipper added, "Everybody carries a small camera around, I have seen M S taking shots. It is interesting to have these memories. There are some outstanding ones which I really enjoy."