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Home > Cricket > Pakistan's tour of India 2007 > Report

Kumble will be the 'voice of the team'

November 20, 2007 20:33 IST

On the eve of commencing the toughest job of his 17-year career, Anil Kumble said as captain he will be the "voice of the team" and will not shy away from the responsibilities of the job.

India's newly-appointed Test skipper said he is fully aware of the challenges that come with the job and is prepared to do whatever it demands.

"Leading the side is a challenge and a great honour for me. I will do whatever the job demands. If I have to speak on behalf of someone, I will do that. I will certainly do that," Kumble said on Tuesday, ahead of the first Test against Pakistan which begins in Delhi on Thursday.

"I have to be the voice of the team. I will not shy away from any responsibility," he said on the sidelines of a promotional event.

Kumble has the burden of expectations on his shoulder, especially, as he takes over from a successful Test captain in Rahul Dravid [Images], who has two historic away series wins � England [Images] and West Indies [Images] -- under his belt.

"It has come at a time in my career when it is very challenging for me. Hopefully, I will be able to do whatever I have done all these years," Kumble said.

He said it is good he is starting his "new role" at the Ferozeshah Kotla, which has been a happy hunting ground for him.

"It is a special place for me. It is another beginning for the team and it's great to comeback to Delhi."

The Bangalorean said the record ten wickets in an innings that he got against Pakistan at the venue was a high point in his career and will always be a memorable one.

"Even if I forget the India-Pakistan match on February 27, people will remind me," said Kumble, who was named brand ambassador of Manipal Education.

Asked about his role as mentor to the youngsters in the team, he replied, "I have been a mentor to young players all these years and I will continue to do that."

Kumble said Pakistan will be tough opposition but he hoped that the team will make a good start under his leadership.

"We need to respect the opposition. We know Pakistan as a team and what they can do. They are a tough opposition and I hope that we start well."

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