A gentle giant says bye in gentlemanly style

A television grab, courtesyof NDTV 24X7, of Anil Radhakrishna Kumble announcing his retirement from one-day international cricket at the Karnataka State Cricket Association today.

As usual, “Jumbo” was gracefulness personified. He refused to fall for the bait of blaming anybody for his increasingly fewer appearances in the short version of the game. He said he never believed that seniority alone should secure a place for a player in the side. He said he wanted to quit four years ago but was dissuaded.

He said fans alone didn’t feel the disappointment for the World Cup debacle; so did the players. He said he understood what Rahul Dravid as captain was going through having led India in one ODI. He said the players weren’t running away from the media and the public.

He said he took away great memories of the Hero Cup finals in Calcutta when he bagged 6 fo 12; the 1996 World Cup victory over Pakistan in Bangalore; his own batting along with Javagal Srinath in Bangalore. And he said he was thinking of putting his experiences and photography between the covers of a book.