Anil Kumble keen to take on Pakistan

November 14th, 2007 - 10:27 am ICT by admin  

The veteran leg-spinner was appointed Test captain on Thursday, succeeding Rahul Dravid who quit the post in September.

“I think it is a great opportunity to do well against Pakistan. It’s a tough team. It’s challenging for us so, its important for us to start well inelhi,” Kumble said.

The 37-year-old Kumble will lead the home team in the test series against Pakistan, which starts in New Delhi on November 22. The selectors preferred him to wicketkeeper and captain of the one-day series Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Kumble, who has previously served as test vice-captain, is the third highest test wicket-taker in history with 566 test scalps, behind Australia’shane Warne and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.

Meanwhile, a sweet maker in Kanpur, the venue of the third one-day international between India and Pakistan, city has prepared sweets to treathe Pakistani side with a view to bolster peace and friendship between the two countries.

“This is a special Ladoo (sweet); recently emergency was imposed (in Pakistan) and the players were upset over it and that showed in their firstatch against India,” said Rohit Pandey, son of the owner of the famous ‘Thaggu ke Laddu’

Matches between the two cricketing giants of the Indian sub-continent are always eagerly awaited.

Pakistan, who last won a test series in India in 1986, is due to play three test matches following the ODI internationals.

The teams have toured each other’s country annually since 2004 when India went on a tour of Pakistan after a 14-year break due to political tension between the two neighbours. (ANI)

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