Spin bowler Anil Kumble's leadership qualities won acknowledgement in the twilight of his career when he was named India's Test captain on Thursday.
The 37-year-old leg spinner, third highest Test wicket taker with 566 scalps, has been appointed for the home series against Pakistan starting on Nov. 22, after his Karnataka team mate Rahul Dravid abruptly quit as captain in September.
The Indian bowling great was chosen by the selectors ahead of one-day skipper and front-runner Mahendra Singh Dhoni to protect the wicketkeeper from the burden of handling too much too soon.
The decision followed premier batsman Sachin Tendulkar's refusal to take up the job for a third time.
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