Our Indian Skipper Anil Kumble(nick name JUMBO) retires from test cricket today. It will be a memorable day in his life. He took 10 wickets against Pakistan in this ground. It is one of his favourite grounds.
Kumble, 38, retires with 619 Test wickets at 29.64, the most by an Indian and the third most of all time behind Muttiah Muralitharan (756) and Shane Warne (708).
His decision was made after a humbling few months in which he led India to a heavy Test series defeat in Sri Lanka and then struggled to make an impact as a bowler against the Australians, despite his team's success in taking a 1-0 lead into the final match of the series in Nagpur.
After missing India's 320-run victory in the second Test in Mohali due to a shoulder injury, Kumble returned to action in his haven of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, but was unable to take a wicket until he grabbed three in the latter stages of the Australian innings - his only victims of the series.
Kumble has also been affected by a variety of knocks and cuts to his left hand, which in this match required 11 stitches for a deep wound to his little finger.
Yesterday Kumble took the field with his left hand encased in bandages and was in obvious pain whenever he needed to use the hand.
He was given a fantastic welcome by his Team mates accompanied by standing ovation from the ground in the last session. He bowled his last ball to Mathew hayden. It was a full toss ball, it was hit four by hayden.
It will be really a hard moment for him. They drawed the match when aussies were 31 for no loss. Every one bid farewell to jumbo. It was Zaheer khan and Dravid who lifeted Kumble first then followed by Dhoni. He lifted Kumble on his shoulders. This showed how affectionate he was with his team mates.
I think they will have a rocking farewell party tonite. I wonder how it will be in Nagpur, when our Former captain Saurav Gangully(DADA) plays his last Test match. Lets see if Dada removes his T-shirt and revolves it.........