Retired! Snubbed Kumble pulls out of IPL auction


Kumble, who made his international debut in 1990, retired in 2008, and remains India's leading wicket-taker in Tests (619) and one-dayers (337).

The former Indian skipper was largely responsible for RCB's turnaround in the IPL. After being named captain for the 2009 season, Kumble led his team to the final of the Twenty20 league.

A year later, the leg-spinner inspired his team to a third-place finish. Consequently, the team qualified for the Champions League T20 tournament twice under his leadership.

Kumble also took 45 wickets in the three editions of the IPL to prove his worth even in the shortest version of the game.

He was among the most effective bowlers in the previous two seasons, taking 17 wickets with an economy of 6.42 in 2010, and 21 at an economy of 5.86 in 2009.

No sooner Kumble announced his retirement from IPL, RCB appointed him as the chief mentor of the side and said the former leg-spinner will work closely with team owner, Vijay Mallya, and the entire support staff during the fourth edition of the league.

"Anil's leadership, both on-field and off-field, augured well for the Royal Challengers in the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League as well as the Champions League. I sincerely believe Anil's presence in the RCB Leadership Team will provide a fresh dimension and perspective to our IPL strategy in the medium and long term," team owner Mallya said in a statement.

"We believe, his proven track record as a peerless international cricketer and Indian captain, his astute leadership at the IPL that carried RCB to a top-three finish in two successive years coupled with administrative skills offer a unique combination. We look forward to Anil's contribution towards making RCB a role-model franchise and I am indeed, delighted to welcome him once again on the RCB leadership panel," Mallya added.

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