Anil Kumble 'to start cricket academy'

Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 14:30 [IST]
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Bangalore: Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble said that he has plan to start his own cricket academy was very much on his mind and he would start focussing on it.
On his immediate plans, he said "I will take it easy for a couple of days and then go to Nagpur (to watch the fourth test match)". The issue of starting his own cricket academy was on his mind and he would begin focussing on it, he said.

Defending his to call it quits, Kumble said "it is the right time to leave".

Kumble, who returned home after a career spanning 18 years, told reporters here that "I have taken the decision rightly to handover the role to Dhoni".

"I have had a fantastic career and it was the right time to leave. It has not been easy when you play for 18 years. But the time had come to move on", Kumble said.

He said he felt he would not be able to give 100 percent to the team and hence decided to retire.

Commenting on his cricketing career and his contribution to the game, he said "it has been a great journey" for him all these years. "I have done everything I could possibly have done".

'A role model for future generations'

Asked whether members of the Indian cricket team have come under pressure following the retirement of two senior players including Saurav Ganguly, he said the team has some good players."The Indian cricket team is in good hands. The team is all set to be number one in all aspects of the game".

Yet to see a big-hearted player like Kumble 

Kumble said his successor Dhoni was doing well and described him as an "able leader" under whom the team could hope to secure victories.


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