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Anil Kumble will not be seen in a Mumbai Indians jersey in IPL 2016IANS

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble has resigned from his post as the chief mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians.

The 45-year-old, who was also the chief mentor for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) earlier, had taken up the role with Mumbai Indians only in 2013. Kumble stated he is looking forward to newer "interests" involving the game of cricket.

"I sign off with the obvious satisfaction of moulding a set of brilliant individuals to a high performing unit," said Kumble in a statement. "Over the three years, MI met unprecedented success winning the IPL twice and the Champions League [Trophy] 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.

"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," added the former India captain.

Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the IPL. They won the coveted trophy after defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in May this year.

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