November 14, 2008
The veteran Indian cricketer Anil Kumble announced his decision to retire from the international test cricket on the eve of final day of the third test being played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi against Australia. Immediately after the pronouncement of his retirement decision, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was chosen as the captain to lead the test team of India.
After end of the Delhi test match, the veteran leggie’ career graph in test cricket rose to 619 wickets in 132 matches, thereby positioning him third on the list of most successful bowler in test cricket behind Muralitharan of Sri Lanka & Warne of Australia.
Speaking to media persons after the match, Kumble opined that he followed a practical approach while taking a call for retirement. In the presentation ceremony, the 38 yrs old veteran bowler also said that hand injury that he suffered during the course of the match pushed forward his decision to retire even before the conclusion of the current test series between India and Australia.
If we take a look at the career graph of Anil Kumble, the legendary cricketer has appeared in 132 test matches taking a total of 619 wickets including his magical exploits of 10 wickets at Kotla against Pakistan. In ODI career, he played 271 matches in which he took 337 wickets. In his 18 years, he also became the first spinner to score a century and that too incidentally against Australia.
Kumbles’ decision to retire utterly shocked the BCCI. Later on, kumble cleared the air regarding the pressure from the BCCI to opt for retirement, thereby putting curtains down on his distinguished cricketing career. The retirement announcement of Kumble took even media present in the stadium by surprise.
Jumbo as he fondly known as in Public and in team, Anil Kumble was given a appropriate greeting from his team-mates when he was lifted for a joyride on brawny shoulders of future captain MS Dhoni.