Kumble dismisses retirement rumours

Anil Kumble says he is ignoring media rumours about him retiring and hopes to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the second Test against Australia.

updated: November 25, 2008 14:20 IST
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New Delhi:

Despite the warning of the match referee in the India-Australia series to tone down the war of words, it seems there is no let up. Indian Test captain Anil Kumble under fire for his form and fitness has lashed out at the media and at the Australians in his latest column.

In his column for The Hindustan Times, Kumble writes, "The various uncharitable comments on my fitness, retirement and form makes it seem like I am in Australia again. 10 months ago I had to split my time between cricket and a host of unnecessary issues. I did not expect to go through this all over again on home turf. The Indian media has delighted in sensationalising every remark or gesture. Also there has been high praise for the Australians. Well good for them but in all the talk of aggressive champion sides it makes sense to ask why 83 overs on a fifth day."

"The pitch was not enough to finish the job. So yes I am really pleased with the 'Indian way' of doing things. Yes I did not have a good game, my third in 130 games without a wicket but I am the only player in current cricket who has a 100 Australian scalps."

"And for those who are wondering about my injury, I am feeling good and I hope to be fine for the second Test. The belief I have in the team and the belief they have in me is what is important. When I decide to make a final bow it will be on my terms," he wrote.

Kumble has played 131 Tests for India, taking 616 wickets at an average of 29.59.

"What people sometimes forget is that cricket is a team game," he said. "At different times, different people play a decisive role. For instance, I definitely didn't have a good game as a player, having my third test in about 130 with no wickets and a 100 runs given, but then again I'm the only player in current cricket to have over 100 Australian scalps."