Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu has revealed the advice he received from the legendary batsman Rahul Dravid on how to how to tackle the Spin Wizard Anil Kumble. Anil Kumble who is India’s leading wicket-taker in tests had got Tatenda Taibu out 3 to 4 times in India which made Rahul Dravid provide valuable advice during the drinks break on how to play a spinner like Kumble.
Rahul Dravid who is one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game is also a pure gentleman and doesn’t bother about helping his opponents out if they seek any advice from him. He is one of the best players of spin in the world and his defensive technique is so good that it is tough to get through his defences. He relies on timing more often and also he watches every delivery closely with so much dedication.
Rahul Dravid’s Piece Of Advice For Tatenda Taibu
Rahul Dravid had advised Taibu to play Kumble like a slow medium pacer with the bat in front of the pads while playing late. Dravid also told Taibu to watch the ball as close as possible and not look at the ball which is different. Taibu brought the importance of landing the front foot at the perfect timing and not committing too early which comes easily the more we practice.
“When Anil Kumble got me out 3 out of 4 times in my first 2 tests in India. I got advice from Dravid,(after match drinks) to play him like a slow medium pace bowler but WITH bat in front of the pads while still playing late. And mostly importantly watching the ball very closely.” said Taibu.“It can be learnt fairly easy. It’s just getting the timing of looking to come forward on the front foot without committing and WATCHING the ball as opposed to looking at the ball.” he added.
Kevin Pietersen Helping Out The England Openers To Tackle Spin
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen shared two pages out of his autobiography KP to the England openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibling who are getting out to spin frequently. He had asked Rahul Dravid about how to play the spinners and Dravid had sent him a lengthy email which is highlighted in his autobiography stating him to play Swann and Panesar without pads in nets to reach the length of the ball and the next advice being to pick the length out of the bowler’s hand.
When Anil Kumble got me out 3 out of 4 times in my first 2 tests in India.
I got advice from Dravid,(after match drinks) to play him like a slow medium pace bowler but WITH bat infront of the pads while still playing late. And mostly importantly watching the ball very closely.
— Tatenda Taibu (@taibu44) January 23, 2021
Rahul Dravid is truly one of the greatest batsmen of all time with the amount of concentration and dedication he spends on the crease while batting