Anil Kumble,Indian Cricketers And Their Favourite Captains
Anil Kumble (Credits - AFP)

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik named spin legend Anil Kumble as the toughest bowler he has kept wickets to.

Anil Kumble played 132 Tests and 271 ODIs in his illustrious career for the nation. The former India skipper is still the country’s highest Test wicket-taker with 619 scalps and took 337 ODI wickets.

Karthik, who stood behind the stumps for the latter part of Kumble’s career, acknowledged the difficulty the leg-spinner posed for a gloveman.

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Anil Kumble claimed 10 wickets in a single innings against Pakistan [Photo-Reuters]

Anil Kumble Especially Challenging To Keep When The Rough Was On Offer: Dinesh Karthik

During a Q & A session with his fans on Twitter, the 35-year-old said it was particularly challenging to keep wickets when Anil Kumble turned the ball viciously from the rough while a left-hander was batting.

“The toughest bowler to keep is @anilkumble1074 on the last day of a Test. Especially when the ball is turning from the rough to a left-hander,” Dinesh Karthik tweeted.

I Continue To Enjoy My Keeping: Dinesh Karthik

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Dinesh Karthik. (Credits: Getty Images)

In the same tweet, Dinesh Karthik also stated he continues to enjoy his wicketkeeping. The veteran cricketer cleared doubts about his future as a gloveman, standing firm that he hasn’t planned to focus primarily on his batting yet.

“I’ve always enjoyed wicket-keeping and will continue to do so!”, he wrote in response to an additional query.

Dinesh Karthik has played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is for the country but has been out-of-favour for a while now. His most recent outing at the international level came back in July 2019.

He will be eyeing a recall in the national side via the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament where he’ll be leading Tamil Nadu.

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Dinesh Karthik says he would continue playing first-class cricket for a long time. Image Courtesy: PTI

Dinesh Karthik relinquished the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) midway through the IPL 2020 in UAE and played just as a wicketkeeper-batsman under Eoin Morgan.

The right-hand batsman didn’t enjoy the best of times in the competition and will be looking to regain his best touch in the next edition of IPL this year.