Kumble steps down as chief mentor of Mumbai Indians

Spin great Anil Kumble has stepped down as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians with immediate effect. Kumble, who has been associated with the Indian Premier League franchise since January 2013, has decided to pursue other opportunities in sports and cricket.

Anil Kumble was appointed chief mentor of the Mumbai Indians in 2013.   -  K BHAGYA PRAKASH

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble has decided to step down as the Chief Mentor of the Mumbai Indians with immediate effect, the IPL franchise announced in a statement. Kumble has decided to pursue other opportunities in sports and cricket. He was appointed to the position in 2013.

Mumbai Indians are grateful to Anil Kumble, India’s highest wicket taker in both Tests and one days for his contribution in strengthening the team. In his first year as the Mentor, Mumbai Indians won the IPL and the Champions League in 2013. Mumbai Indians won the IPL once again in 2015.

Kumble said, "I sign off with the obvious satisfaction of moulding a set of brilliant individuals to a high performing unit. Over the 3 years, MI met unprecedented success winning the IPL twice & the Champions League once. Winning both trophies in the same year (2013) being our crowning glory."

"As I move on to pursue other interests around cricket, I shall be amiss if I do not express my deep sense of appreciation to The Ambani family, particularly Smt. Nita Ambani, Akash Ambani and Nikhil Meswani for their unstinted support and empowerment," he added.

"The players and my support team (coaching and non- coaching staff) have been an admirable bunch and were a joy to work with. Finally, I thank the MI fans for their constant support. I wish the Mumbai Indians farewell convinced that I remain a member of the Ambani family."

Akash Ambani said “Shri Anil Kumble is a legend and we thank him for all that he has done for Mumbai Indians. I have personally learnt a great deal from him and will continue to seek his wise counsel and guidance. We take this opportunity to wish him all the very best in all our endeavours.”