Two sports questions clubbed as one. What career-shaping contributions do the elder brothers of Anil Kumble and Saurav Ganguly have on them? More specifically, how come Kumble bowled and Ganguly batted the way they did, and how is it related to their elder brothers?
No one seems to have cracked this one completely. Saurav Ganguly was originally a right-handed batsman, but changed hands so that he could use his elder brother’s kit. Snehashish was left-handed.
As for Anil Kumble, he was a fast bowler initially, but his brother Dinesh told him that India has always been more dependent on its spinners. Therefore, Kumble changed his style of bowling, and this also explains why his deliveries did not spin much, and why he bowled at a much faster pace than traditional spinners, sometimes even equalling speeds of Venkatesh Prasad’s deliveries!