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SL duo hail milestone man Kumble

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2008 17:35 IST

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Anil Kumble, the latest member of the 600 Test wicket club, drew rich praise from the Sri Lankan duo of Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva who doffed their hat at the Indian spinner.

"He has been a great servant of Indian cricket and has rendered a yeoman service to the team. Whether it's at home or abroad, he has always given more than 100 per cent and thoroughly deserves the milestone," Ranatunga told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday.

Kumble joins Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (723) and retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne (708) in the club.

Kumble achieved the record just after tea break when he had Andrew Symonds caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip in the ongoing Perth Test.

Symonds edged the ball, which hit Dhoni's gloves and went up in the air before Dravid pouched it safely.

Kumble's 600 wickets came in 124 matches at an average of 28.68.

Ranatunga's former teammate Aravinda de Silva also hailed the Indian Test captain for his achievement.

"It's not an easy thing to achieve. He has worked so hard in his career and has been India's main strike bowler for quite a while," he said.