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Thursday , September 5 , 2013
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Bowler’s tips for success on and off the field

- Kumble speaks of focusing on performance and his admiration for Sachin

Bhubaneswar, Sept. 4: Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble put a powerful spin on his delivery to inspire youngsters in the city today.

The iconic leg-spinner Anil Kumble visited the city not to teach cricket, but to preach success.

At the event, Ensure Victory, which was held at a hotel in Jayadev Vihar, the cricketer gave instances from his life and interacted at length with his fans.

Kumble told youngsters that in his 18-year-long international cricket career, he always depended on seven elements for success.

“My journey of 18 years in international cricket and three years in IPL taught me a lot. Success came to me since I worked hard to follow the principles I believed in,” said the cricketer, who now heads the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

“Of course, there is no single path for success that can be common to all. But I have analysed that preparation, discipline, confidence, and LIE — which stands for ‘learn-innovate-experiment’ — taking risks, optimism and respect for what you are doing and from your competitors or opposition brings you success.”

He also said that Sachin Tendulkar had inspired him time and again with his dedication as well as conduct.

“I shared the dressing room with him throughout my career. He would be the first one to hit net practice even on the optional days. Even when I was associated with Mumbai Indians team during this year’s IPL, I saw he always reached the nets before anyone else.”

“Also, if he was given out on a wrong decision, out of immense respect for the game, he would just walk into the dressing room, look at the television replay and ask us, ‘Out tha kya?’ (Was it an out?). That was all his reaction was. He would simply move on,” said Kumble.

The sports idol advised youngsters not to focus on results as much as on their preparation and efforts.

“We are conditioned to see the marksheet of students, statistics of wickets of bowlers and number of runs for batsmen to judge their talent. But I would say it is the process behind it that matters in the long run and thus hard work is more valuable than results,” he said.

Having played a number of times in Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium, Kumble said he had many fond memories from the state.

“I played in an Under-19 match against Pakistan in Rourkela when Ranjib Biswal was the captain. Since I had scored a century in the previous match, he expected only batting from me and would not give me a chance to bowl. I told him I need to bowl and he can’t go on bowling just because he is the captain,” said Kumble.

Cricket fans as well as young students attended the motivational deliberation in large numbers. “He has really inspired us. His optimism is infectious,” said Rajashree Mohanty, a cricket fan.