New Delhi, Nov.2 : Indian Test cricket captain Anil Kumble on Sunday decided to end his illustrious career in international cricket today at Ferozeshah Kotla Cricket ground,leaving his millions of fans surprised at his sudden decision even before the conclusion of the ongoing Test match series.
Kumble said that he had to take the decision in the middle of the ongoing test series between India and Australia, following his severe injury to fingers during the third test match. India leads the ongoing series 1-0.
"It's difficult to take such a decision for anyone. But I did what my body told me. I felt it difficult going down the grind anymore. The second phase of my career after my shoulder injury a few years ago has been very satisfying, especially the Australian series."
"I have always given my 100 per cent. There are times when things don't go your way. Like the four or five of the last test matches have not gone well, personally for me. But I think as a team we have shown resilience."
"It's been a great and fantastic journey. I thank all the million of fans around India and abroad for always cheering for me. I also thank my family for all its support," Kumble said while adding "Delhi has been special for me and I decided to call an end here only."
Ferozeshah Kotla cricket ground in the capital was the venue where Kumble had created history by taking 10 wickets in a test innings.
Kumble suffered finger injury in the third test match. He said: "It was nasty and had a deep cut. Doctors suggested me to undergo (medical) procedure."
It was only the previous day he had put his resilience on display. With 11 stitches in his left hand, India's Test skipper Anil Kumble walked onto the field and took the ball straightaway as the match wore on. He nailed Brad Haddin immediately, and followed it up with two more wickets.
But into the final session of the final day of the third Test, the champion leg-spinner has called time on his distinguished career. Kumble announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.
Indian cricket team's chief selector and former cricketer K. Srikant described Anil Kumble as a "Role model". He said that Anil has been a "great cricketer who clicked whenever the team needed his contribution".
The Karnataka-lad Anil Kumble has been the one of only two bowlers in the history of cricket to have taken all 10 wickets in a test innings, the other being Jim Laker of England. He was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours, by the Government of India in 2005.
Kumble has been a right-arm leg spinner with an unorthodox style, most famous for his flipper. He started his career as a medium pacer, which always helped him to bowl faster delivery.
Kumble was appointed the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on Nov.8, 2007. His first assignment as captain was the three-test home series against Pakistan that India won 1-0. He also led the Indian Test team on its tour to Australia for the 2007-08 four-test series of The Border-Gavaskar Trophy that India lost 1-2.
Kumble succeeded his State teammate Rahul Dravid, who resigned as the captain in September 2007. Since his debut in international cricket in April 25, 1990 Kumble took over 619 test wickets in 132 Test matches and 337 wickets in 271 ODI matches.
ODI captain Mahender Singh Dhoni will succeed him.