Anil Kumble theorises.
What he said:
Anil Kumble is convinced that not much thought goes into the selection of the bowlers in overseas Tests outside the subcontinent.
“We have the quality of bowlers, it’s just trying to see who can adjust to the Test format and then choosing your best four bowlers who you think can pick up 20 wickets, that’s also been an issue.
We have gone into this theory of three seamers and one spinner the moment we sit on an aircraft which travels more than seven hours – that’s the mindset… If your 20 wickets are going to come with two spinners and two fast bowlers, so be it. If it comes with three spinners and one fast bowler so be it.”
The former India skipper believes that “Horses for courses” is not the right policy when it comes to selecting teams for the longer format.
What he really meant:
“It’s a long flight and snooze mode is what the Indian think-tank hits on its ‘Think-Pad’.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“The Indian team especially it’s bowlers should just ‘wing it’.”