Thursday 10 April 2008 

Injury Doubt Over Indian Captain Kumble For Final Test

Indian captain Anil Kumble is an injury doubt for the third and final Test against South Africa in Kanpur as he has not recovered from a groin strain that has hampered him throughout the series.

India, 1-0 down in the series after an innings defeat in Ahmedabad, could ill-afford to lose their experienced leg-spinner for what amounts to a crucial game in the fight for second place in the Test rankings behind Australia.

"Not yet fully (recovered)," a tense Kumble told reporters on Thursday. "I have to wait till tomorrow morning and make a call."

There was better news with young pace bowler Ishant Sharma being declared fit to play after recovering from foot and finger injuries.

Should Kumble not make it, spinners Piyush Chawla and Ramesh Powar have been added to the squad with one of the two likely to partner Harbhajan Singh.

Kumble expects his side to bounce back from the crushing defeat in Ahmedabad.

"It is not the first time we've lost a Test match and need to come back, we've done that before," Kumble said.

"Whenever we have been pushed to the wall, we've performed exceptionally well."

"In Ahmedabad, it was just one of those tests. It was one bad session we've had in the last six years. We're very proud of our record in India, we'd like to keep it.

"We've a few plans to go ahead and exploit them. We are very confident we will be able to do that."