I had to wait for a long time: Kumble

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/k/kumble_ap.jpg' class='caption'> India's last test series featured just one centurion and no it was not a batsman, but rather Anil Kumble.

Updated: November 10, 2007 13:02 IST
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India's last test series featured just one centurion and no it was not a batsman, but rather Anil Kumble.

Kumble will relish beginning his stint as India's 30th test captain with a series against Pakistan.

No prizes for guessing why, he took 10 wickets in an innings against them in Delhi in 1999, becoming just the second man to take all 10 wickets in an innings.

Expressing happiness over his appointment as the Test captain, Anil Kumble said he had been looking forward to lead the country for a long time.

"I had to wait for a long time. But I think it's better late than never. I am looking forward to the challenge," the veteran leg-spinner told reporters in Bangalore in Thursday on being handed the Test captaincy for the Pakistan series.

"It's good to be shown faith and given the responsibility. I am sure I will get all the support from all my team-mates."

Kumble said he was not surprised by his selection as captain as there was speculation in the media that his name was doing the rounds.

He said the first Test match against Pakistan "is going to be critical," but he would take "one step at a time."

No matter how long his tenure is there can't possibly be a more popular and more respected captain, Jumbo as he is called is the quintessential team man.

Remarkable record

The third highest wicket taker in the world edged out M S Dhoni to be appointed as India's 30th Test captain.

However the appointment is only for the Test series against Pakistan, which makes it seem like a stop-gap arrangement.

Kumble is never been considered for test captaincy before and he is only captained in one one-dayer so far.

Having the most impressive curriculum vitae, Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in tests behind Warne and Muralitharana

Though he is retired from one-dayers after the World Cup, his figures in the shorter version are no less impressive with 377 wickets.

(With PTI inputs)

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