Kumble calls it quits at Kotla

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) The cricketing world was caught completely unaware when India captain Anil Kumble today announced his retirement from international cricket here on the last day of the third Test against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla here.

The legendary leg-spinner thus paved the way for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead the side in the fourth and final Test, to be played at Nagpur from November 6.

Kumble asked the DDCA president Arun Jaitely to convey his decision to the media here.

The big screen at Kotla ground flashed the retirement announcement from Kumble which read, ''Anil Kumble has decided to retire from Test cricket and will not travel to Nagpur for the final Test''.

The mounting pressure on the senior players in the Indian team had already forced former captain Sourav Ganguly to announce his retirement just before the start of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Kumble, who has played in 132 Tests, is the world's third highest wicket-taker with 619 wickets to his name.

However, the BCCI did not have any idea about Kumble's retirement plans and it was just today that the Board came to know about the decision from the legendary leg-spinner.

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