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'Kumble a fierce competitor and true gentleman'

Current Pakistan team members paid glowing tributes to Anil Kumble describing him a fierce competitor and who gave his 100 per cent for his team.

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2008 12:54 IST

Current Pakistan team members on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to Anil Kumble describing him a fierce competitor and who gave his 100 per cent for his team.

Vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Kumble's decision to retire after the third Test against Australia would surely create a void in Indian cricket.

"He was a fierce competitor and the few times I played against him he didn't get me out too many times but his intensity in the middle was a lesson for us and we respected him for it," Misbah told PTI.

"He was a very aggressive spinner and there is no doubt in my mind that his retirement will create a big void in the Indian team.

"I was surprised at his decision to retire midway the series against Australia. But I think a senior player like him knows best when is the right time to quit," Misbah added.

Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels that Kumble went out at just the right time with his head held high.

"His retirement would leave a big void in Indian cricket. He was a very influential player and it is not easy losing someone like him. But I guess he has gone out at just the right time with his head high and lot of respect and admiration for what he achieved for India," Afridi said.

Himself a leg-spinner in the unorthodox mould like Kumble, Afridi admitted he closely studied the Indian's bowling style and learnt from him.

Senior batsman Younis Khan said Kumble would be remembered for his commitment and as a gentleman cricketer.