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Anil Kumble: ‘Bumrah can become India’s greatest fast bowler’



New Delhi: Lavishing praise on Jasprit Bumrah, former India skipper Anil Kumble has said the pacer has the quality to become the ‘greatest ever fast bowler from India’. Anil Kumble’s comments have come just days after Bumrah’s breathtaking display against West Indies. Within three years of his debut, he has already become the pace spearhead of the team across formats.

His rise in Tests is the most remarkable. Bumrah arrived at the scene as white-ball specialist on the back of his impressive performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Last year, India decided to try him out in Tests and the decision has been a masterstroke. Bumrah’s performance with the red-ball has shown he belongs to Test cricket.

He already has a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. In just 12 Tests, the right-arm pacer has picked up a staggering 62 wickets. In the recently-concluded tour of West Indies, he picked up a five and a six-wicket haul including a hat-trick. Impressed with Bumrah’s exploits, Anil Kumble has backed him to do well in future.

“I think he is an amazing cricketer, you know for a young boy who walked into Mumbai Indians in the IPL when I was part of it till now, he has just grown in stature, grown in his skillset, he is much stronger, fitter and he has added a bit of pace,” Anil Kumble said.

He could just blast out the opposition in less than five or six overs and that’s the ability Bumrah has and I think India is blessed to have someone like him. He certainly has the quality to go on and become the greatest ever fast bowler from India. I think that is something that he has and you can see those shades early in his career. He is only 25 so he has a long way ahead of him and you know it is wonderful to see the kinds of performances he has put together,” added Anil Kumble.


Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer




New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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