One-day cricket killing spinners: Kumble

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India Test captain Anil Kumble says it's hard to get quality spinners since they don't play enough three or four-day cricket these days.

Updated: April 17, 2008 13:38 IST
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New Delhi:

Thanks to the surfeit of one-dayers, quality spinners are a fast diminishing tribe in India, fears Test captain Anil Kumble.

The veteran leg spinner believes one-day cricket, which dominates the international calendar, does not allow a spinner develop his game like matches of longer duration would do.

In an interview with Cricinfo, Kumble said, "I think it's all because of one-day cricket. It's hard to get spinners of that quality because you don't play that many three-day or four-day games. You need to develop your game.

You are only bowling ten or eight overs or less in the shortened game, so the development of a spinner is tough," he said.

Speaking from experience, the leg-spinner said, "I played a lot of three-day and four-day cricket, and you learn by bowling 30 overs. You try and learn while bowling those spells. That's the reason I have actually enjoyed bowling even when there is nothing in the match.

"Just bowling a spell where I start learning about my game. It's about saying, 'What are the things that I can do if I come across this situation again?' So that's the learning process. That probably doesn't happen these days for the younger lot," he said.

Kumble said India needed to produce more turning tracks, which would have some bounce as well.

"We'll have to prepare wickets for spinners. The emphasis now is definitely on fast bowlers, but we need to create turning wickets.

"If the first ball of a Test match seams and swings, then it is a good wicket. What's wrong if the first ball spins?" he asked.

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