Kumble calls it a day

November 2nd, 2008 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi , Nov 2 (ANI): Indian Test captain Anil Kumble today announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of the third of the four Tests against Australia which ended in a draw.

Kumble, who had once claimed ten wickets against Pakistan on the same Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, returned wicket-less today in the last match of his last career.

It is a foregone conclusion that ODI captain MS Dhoni will take over as Test captain from Kumble, as the former has proved his mettle on more than one occasion in the recent past while exhibiting excellent leadership qualities.

Kumble is the best Indian bowler, third best in the world after Muttiah Murlidharan and Shane Warne, having 619 Test wickets and 337 in 271 one-dayers.

Only yesterday, former Test captain Dilip Vengsarkar had advised Kumble to quit Test cricket and he was injured and also because age was on his side. He had said that he didnt foresee the leg-spinner captaining the side after the ongoing series against the Australia . Kumble has not been performing since the last six to seven Tests. He has been a great servant for the country for the last 18 years, but he has not done anything of note in the last few matches, his time is up now, said the former chief selector in an interview with a TV channel.

He added: Kumble looked completely off-colour in the Ferozeshah Kotla match and I dont see him captaining the side after the Nagpur Test. (ANI)

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