I Took up India Captaincy Because no one Else Wanted it: Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble was named India captain after 17 years as an international cricketer, just before Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over the reigns.

updated: October 14, 2014 20:31 IST
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Kumble (L) is one of the most respected India captains ever.

Anil Kumble, one of the most respected cricketers to have led the Indian team, says if he became the Test captain it was only because no one else was interested in doing the job.

"I became captain after playing 17 years for India so probably I became captain by default because nobody else wanted it," Kumble, who led India Test team for year after being appointed skipper in November 2007, said.

"Rahul Dravid had just given up the captaincy and at that time probably it was too early for MS Dhoni to step in as a Test captain and Sachin (Tendulkar) also did not want it, so they looked around and said, "Ok Anil is the only guy and let's give it to him," Kumble said.

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