Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Anil Kumble retirement pictures...

The post about retirement of the world's highest wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan prompted me to do another post on the Indian legend leg spinner Anil Kumble

Nick-named Jumbo, Anil Kumble's contribution to Indian cricket is one that many wouldn't forget.
Kumble, the third most successful bowler in test history with 619 wickets, announced his retirement at the end of the third test against Australia on November 2nd, 2008.

Anil Kumble in a press conference announcing his retirement from Test cricket

The then skipper - Anil Kumble announced his retirement after the third Test against Australia, quitting the game at his favourite Ferozshah Kotla ground.

Anil Kumble walking onto Feroz Shah Kotla ground for the final time in Test match for India

He is currently the leading wicket-taker for India in both Test and One Day International matches. He still captains the Bangalore Royal Challengers in IPL

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the person who took the captaincy from Anil Kumble after the latter's retirement carries Kumble for the last honour lap

 Kumble was known to be a humble and intelligent person and was widely respected too.  He is married to Chetana and has three kids.

Anil Kumble with his wife Chetana and children waiting for the presentation ceremony to honour him

Anil Kumble waves at the crowd as he waits for the presentation ceremony with his wife Chetana and children on his last Test match

Anil Kumble is one of only two bowlers ever (the other being Jim Laker) to have taken all 10 wickets in a Test innings. Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi between 4 February and 8 February 1999. It was an amazing feat and one that I saw live in Television :)

Kumble being congratulated by Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain on his retirement

Kumble is also remembered for his tenacity in bowling even when injured, especially after an incident in a match against West Indies where, despite having his broken jaw being heavily taped, he came back to get the wicket of Brian Lara.

Anil Kumble carried for the last lap of honour by his Indian team mates

"It was a very tough decision, especially when you have performed for 18 years and been so competitive," Kumble said at the presentation ceremony on the final day of his test match career.

Anil Kumble - waving good bye to International cricket for the final time...

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