Anil Kumble calls it quits

Published: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 15:08 [IST]
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New Delhi: Sun is set. Indian captain Anil Kumble has resigned from international cricket.

Kumble, who is the third-highest wicket-taker in Test matches, has not been in the best of form in recent times, and his misery was compunded by a shoulder injury which forced him to miss the second Test at Mohali and a finger injury that he sustained on the third day of the Delhi match.

Kumble on Friday got stitches on the little finger of his left hand which he injured while fielding, but the veteran leg-spinner was back to his bowling ways on the fourth day of the third Test. Kumble sustained the injury when he dived in an attempt to catch Matthew Hayden off Amit Mishra.

Anil Kumble, a veteran of 131 Tests and 271 ODIs was under pressure from several quarters, including former chairman of selectors Vengsarkar, to take an early call on his retirement, especially after he went wicketless in the Bangalore Test.

Anil Kumble must go: Vengsarkar

Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in Test history after Muthiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, with 619 scalps, took ten wickets in a match eight times besides 35 five-wicket hauls.

Of his wickets, Kumble accounted for 111 Australians, 92 Englishmen, 84 South Africans and 81 Pakistanis. He also took 50 wickets against New Zealand, 74 each against the Sri Lankans and West Indians, 38 against Zimbabwe and 15 against Bangladesh.

Kumble overtakes Kapil Dev

Kumble took 350 wickets at an average of 24.84 in home matches against 269 scalps that he accounted for on foreign soil at a lower average of 35.85 a piece. In his 14 test matches as captain, the leg spinner claimed 53 wickets though a more crucial factor is that in matches that India won, Anil had 288 wickets while in those that India lost he claimed only 124 with 204 scalps in drawn ventures.

The smiling assassin or Jumbo (aka Jumpo) as he was affectionately called by his mates, had many memorable moments though none could be as crucial as the ten wicket haul against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999.

Kumble's deputy Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is already India's ODI and Twenty20 captain, will take over that mantle in Test matches as well from the fourth Test against Australia in Nagpur starting on November 6.


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