The warm afterglow of limelight, one final time

K.S. NIKHIL KUMAR, an intern at CNN-IBN, produces the picture of the day—Sunday, 2 November 2008—when a swarm of photographers crowded around Anil Kumble after he announced his retirement from the game, to provide him the warm afterglow of limelight one last time.

“I grew up in Bangalore’s Basavanagudi locality, very close to where Kumble lived for most of his life (he’s recently shifted to Banashankari, very close to where I have also shifted!), and I’ve been constantly connected to and inspired by his persona in a unique way. As a wicketkeeper, I rarely got to have a bowl at the nets, but whenever I did I would sometimes choose to bowl leg-spin of the Kumble variety – fast flippers that kicked or rushed on to the batsman….”

Photograph: courtesy K.S. Nikhil Kumar/ The Printers (Mysore) Limited

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