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Jumbo opts out of IPL: End of an illustrious career!
With Jumbo's opting out of the auction list of players that will go under hammer on January 8 & 9 in Bangalore, it could well mark the end of his illustrious cricketing career!
THE FOURTH season of Indian Premier League (IPL) will be devoid of former India captain Anil Kumble, as the maverick spinner decided to pull out of the forthcoming auctions. Kumble, who is fondly called Jumbo cited the involvement in cricket administration and other commitments as the reason behind giving the coveted annual tourney a miss.
With Jumbo’s opting out of the auction list of players that will go under hammer on January 8 & 9 in Bangalore, it could well mark the end of his illustrious cricketing career. After calling it quits from international cricket in 2008, Kumble had been playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and even captained the side in the last two editions.
Kumble informed that he was willingly opting out of the fray because of business commitments, his association with cricket administration and wildlife in various capacities. He said in a press release: "I wish to withdraw from the players’ auction for IPL -IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January 2011 in Bangalore. I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended.”
Kumble was recently elected as the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) by defeating serving president Maharaja Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. He also happens to be the vice-chairman of the state's wildlife board. Right since his ascendance to the post of president, speculations were rife that he may not play again.
After the first three seasons, the players from all the franchisees were once again released for auction barring 12, who have been retained by their respective owners. Kumble was set free by RCB for fresh auction, and one might think that this might also be playing in his mind while taking the decision to quit. However, Kumble still commanded a reserved price of USD 4,00,000 much more than many current Indian and international stars.
After the disastrous performance in the inaugural tournament in 2008 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, RCB was resurrected in 2009 and 2010 under the motivational leadership of Kumble. He led his team to the final of the 2009 edition in South Africa, and in the last edition his team finished third.
The 40-year-old leg spinner from Karnataka played 132 test matches and bagged 619 wickets, while in 271 ODIs he took 337 wickets which speak a lot about his ability and hard work. After retiring from international cricket, he proved his worth even in the shortest version of the game and he has 45 wickets against his name in the three editions of the IPL.
Anil Kumble will not only be remembered as a great leg spinner, but his grit and perseverance over such a long period have earned him good name across the world. Jumbo will be dearly missed on the cricket field.
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