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Kumble: a fighter to the core

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Regarded as one of the greatest spinners of the world, battle-hardened warrior Anil Kumble's contribution to Indian cricket goes way beyond churning out match-winning spells with spectacular consistency for the past 18 years.

The 38-year-old Kumble, the captain of the team and one of the legends in Indian cricket, on Sunday brought down the curtains on a glorious career, which had its fair share of highs and lows.

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  • The leg-spinner ended his 132-match Test career with 619 wickets, the highest by an Indian bowler. His one-day career tally stood at an equally impressive 337 wickets from 271 matches when he ended it last year.

    Kumble had been battling injuries, indifferent form and oft-repeated queries on retirement for quite some while.

    Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni carries Kumble on his shoulders around the ground for a lap of honour.

    Photographs: Getty Images | Text: PTI

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