Back in 2002, the cricketing world saw a miracle happen. India’s iconic bowler Anil Kumble was present at the field in a Test match against West Indies, but with a bandage around his face. Despite the grave injury, the veteran continued to perform on the pitch, setting example for the cricketing fans and future generation of sportsperson to follow. This was the very example India’s Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi used telling students how to deal with exams.
On Monday at ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020’, an event where our Honourable PM addressed students about the importance of examinations and how to use the best method for preparation, Anil Kumble’s memorable feat was mentioned.
Kumble, who is now working as a coach and commentator past his career days, posted the video of PM Modi’s speech on the incident on his official Twitter handle. The 49 year old added a caption, expressing his gratitude to the PM for mentioning hisname, and also wished good to the students: “Honoured to have been mentioned in #ParikshaPeCharcha2020 Thank you Hon. PM @narendramodi ji. Best wishes to everyone writing their exams.” Check out the clip below-
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) January 22, 2020
Addressing the students in the event at Gyandeep Global School in Harlalpur, Uttarakhand, PM Modi remembered the Windies Test match, and Kumble’s heroic deed as an example on how to face examinations.
“In 2002 we saw the Indian team went to play against West Indies. In that time, our brilliant bowler Anil Kumble was injured from a bouncer, and his whole jaw was broken, alot of bandages were used.”
While batting in Antigua, Kumble was hit by the ball, and suffered a jaw fracture. While a surgery was immiment and everyone expected the superstar to be out for the rest of the series, a bandaged Kumble came out of the pavilion and went back onto the field.
The PM continued: “Even if he didn’t play, the country wouldn’t have blamed him. But he decided ‘No, I have the courage. Its ok if there is pain,’ but no matter how much bandage was needed, he went back on the field.”
Kumble’s miraculous deed didn’t just end there. The spinner continued to bowl for 14 overs, keeping the host batting lineup under pressure. And the moment that turned the match, was him getting the legendary BRian Lara’s wicket, sending him back to the dugout on just 4 runs with an LBW.
“And with securing Brian Lara’s wicket, he changed the outcome of the whole match. One man, and this much determination, becomes a big factor for the motivation of others.” PM Modi added.