Kumble 'double-thrilled' as wife delivers baby boy

Published: Friday, April 2, 2004, 19:25 [IST]
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Bangalore:Anil Kumble was overwhelmed with joy on Friday as his wife Chethana delivered the couple's first child -- a baby boy -- and the delighted leggie described it as a "double thrill" coming as it did a day after India'shistoric Test win against Pakistan.

The baby boy weighing 4.2 kg was delivered through a caesarean section at a private hospital in Bangalore, a day after Kumble, who played a key hand with an eight wicket haul, flew in from Pakistan to grab his moment of joy. Kumble characterised India's victory in the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday and the birth of his son a day later as a "double thrill".

"I am looking forward to spending some time with my family after the Test series," the "smiling assassin" said.

Asked if he would make his son a cricketer, Kumble said it's too early to decide.

Kumble confided to close friends that at these moments he missed his father, who had passed away a few months back.

Sources in Dr Kamini Rao's Bangalore Assisted Conception Centre where Chethana was operated upon, said both the mother and the child are doing fine. "The boy is handsome and cute", a hospital official said.

"I am very happy and elated," Kumble said.

He is slated to rejoin his teammates in Lahore on Saturday, two days before the start of the second Test against archrivals Pakistan.

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