Kumble to start his own cricket academy

Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble said the plan to start his own cricket academy was very much on his mind and he would start focussing on it.

updated: November 04, 2008 18:18 IST
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A day after his retirement from the game, former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble said the plan to start his own cricket academy was very much on his mind and he would start focussing on it.

On his immediate plans, he said "I will take it easy for a couple of days and then go to Nagpur (to watch the fourth test match)". The issue of starting his own cricket academy was on his mind and he would begin focussing on it, he said.

Defending his to call it quits, Kumble said "it is the right time to leave".

Kumble, who returned home after a career spanning 18 years, told reporters here that "I have taken the decision rightly to handover the role to Dhoni".

"I have had a fantastic career and it was the right time to leave. It has not been easy when you play for 18 years. But the time had come to move on", Kumble said.

He said he felt he would not be able to give 100 per cent to the team and hence decided to retire.

Commenting on his cricketing career and his contribution to the game, he said "it has been a great journey" for him all these years. "I have done everything I could possibly have done".

Asked whether members of the Indian cricket team have come under pressure following the retirement of two senior players including Saurav Ganguly, he said the team has some good players."The Indian cricket team is in good hands. The team is all set to be number one in all aspects of the game".

Kumble said his successor Dhoni was doing well and described him as an "able leader" under whom the team could hope to secure victories.

"Players are always under pressure to perform. Each player is picked to perform. It is a team game... Each man has a different role to play and you can't play the same role at all times. People get confused and expect the same thing from the same person all the time", Kumble said.

rawing a parallel between Bollywood and cricket, he said "in Bollywood also, this is the trend. When Amitabh Bachchan started his career, he played a different role and now he plays a different role. But he is still a fantastic performer" Kumble said he had enjoyed all these 18 years playing cricket and thanked the people and the media for the support.

"The captaincy was not in my control... It came at the right time. I can now say I have done everything in cricket.. I gave 100 per cent to the role of a captain ", Kumble said in reply to a question whether captaincy came late.

An emotional Kumble paid his obesiance to his father, who died this day five years ago. Recalling, he said "today is is a very tough day for me because five years ago my father passed away this day. I know he is blessing me from up there and I miss him".

Commending Dhoni, Kumble said "we are going to see many more victories under him. Time looks nice for India to move forward", he said.