Indian skipper Anil Kumble has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect, an Indian board official said here on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on a glorious international career.
"Kumble has conveyed his decision to retire to the chairman of selectors and he will make a formal announcement after the match," the official told reporters.
Kumble, 38, retired from one-day cricket last year.
His announcement came during the post-lunch session on the fifth and final day of India's drawn third Test against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
As a result, Kumble will not travel to Nagpur for his team's fourth and final Test against Australia from November 6-10.
The ace leg-spinner, with 619 wickets from 132 Tests, is India's most successful bowler ever.
He trails only Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Australia's retired Shane Warne in the list of the world's highest wicket-takers.
Kumble, who missed India's 320-run victory in Mohali with a shoulder injury, bowled in the first innings here despite 11 stitches on a finger, reminding critics calling for his retirement of his resilience and value to the team.
He also bowled with a broken jaw against the West Indies in the Antigua Test in 2002.
It was only fitting that his announcement came at a venue where he claimed all 10 wickets in an innings, the only bowler to have attained this feat after England's Jim Laker.
The veteran leg-spinner smiled and waved to the crowd from the dressing room while receiving handshakes from his teammates.
He was also given a guard of honour by his teammates when he came out to bowl during Australia's second innings.
India lead the four-Test series 1-0.