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'Kumble is one of India's greatest spinners'

March 31, 2007

Kiran MoreAnil Kumble, India's most successful bowler, on Friday announced his retirement from one-day internationals. He, however, would continue to play Test matches.

A proven match-winner in the longer version of the game, Kumble, surprisingly, was never an automatic choice in the one-dayers, for which he often had to pave way for his younger spin colleague Harbhajan Singh.

In this World Cup too, Kumble played just one match, picking up 3 for 38 against Bermuda, while Harbhajan was preferred for India's matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Incidentally India's lone win in the World Cup came against Bermuda.

The expected announcement of his retirement came a day after his return from the disastrous campaign in the Caribbean.

Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, who played alongside Kumble in the early 1990's, pays rich tribute to the spin legend.

'Kumble is a matured cricketer and I think he made this decision at the right time,' he told Special Correspondent Harish Kotian.

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