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Ranatunga salutes Kumble's fighting spirit

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2008 14:42 IST

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Lavishing praise on retired Indian Test captain Anil Kumble, Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Arjuna Ranatunga on Monday said the veteran leg-spinner's fighting spirit and dignified conduct makes him an ideal role model for youngsters.

"If Kumble was born in Australia or England, he would have got much more prominence in world cricket considering his superb record in both forms of the game," Ranatunga said in a statement, paying tribute to the 38-year-old who announced his retirement on Sunday.

"Kumble is definitely the best role model for any youngster entering the game" he added, wishing him a happy retired life.

Ranatunga said he expects Kumble to stay in touch with the game and help lift the standard of Indian cricket.