Kumbles’ retirement: A great loss for Indian Cricket

November 15, 2008

The sudden announcement of retirement from international test cricket by Anil Kumble bombarded everyone from fellow players, board officials, media personnel to general public with a sense of disbelief.

In the opinion of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Kumble decision to retire will impact in long term to the Indian team. Bhajji who has declared himself fit to play in the final test of the India-Australia series was taken by surprise by Jumbos’ call. Bhajji said that he is indubitably going to miss Anil Kumble at the other end of the bowling line.

But Singh was also clear in your mind that Anil Bhai (his nickname to anil kumble) sequestration after the Kotla test will in no way prove to be a distraction in India’s way of sealing a series victory against the resurgent Australian team in the Final test to be played at Nagpur.

Anil Kumbles’ decision to call it quits has lot of positivity in it as it will allow other spinners to prove their bowling mettle on the field. Kumble has built a legacy or fashion of sought which the other upcoming spinners can look to follow. Not only in his entire cricketing career spanning over 18 years, jumbo as he’s fondly called, has left a lot of optimism for the young lot of the Indian cricket team.

Unless and until, a whole new brood of good quality off-sinners don’t develop, it is quite possible that the spin attack of the Indian cricket team will look frail for a moment. At present, we have only Harbhajan Singh spearheading the spin attack apart from Amit Mishra. The board must also vigorously look for other alternatives in case of any injuries otherwise it might disastrously affect the team’s performance.

Nevertheless, it is advisable in the near future for the Indian cricket team not to get distract from the looming landmarks in addition to further departures of the senior players in the future for the good health of the team.

Jumbo announces retirement from Test Cricket

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.

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