Anil Kumble - The Leading Indian Bowler To Pick Up Ten Wickets In An Innings

Anil Radhakrishna Kumble was born on 17th October 1970 at Bangalore to Mr.K.N. Krishnaswamy and Mrs. Saroja. His family takes its name from the `Kumble’ village situated in Kasaragod district in Kerala. He did his primary schooling at Holy Saints English School and higher schooling at National High School at Basavanagudi. He did his mechanical engineering from the Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering from Bangalore.

Anil Kumble joined a club called `Young Cricketers’ when he was thirteen years old. He made his test debut on 9th August 1990 against England and played his last test match on 29th October 2008 against Australia. He made his one day debut on 25th April 1990 against Sri Lanka and played his last one day match on 19th March 2007 against Bermuda.

Anil Kumble has played for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Surrey counties. He played for Karnataka in the domestic circuit between 1989 and 2006.

Anil Kumble played 132 tests scoring 2,506 runs with one century of 110 not out and five fifties. He has taken 60 catches and 619 wickets with a best of 10/74. He played 271 one day matches scoring 938 runs, taking 85 catches and 337 wickets with a best of 6/12. He played 607 first class matches scoring 6,715 runs with seven centuries and sixteen fifties with a top score of 154 not out. He picked up 1,585 wickets and has the highest tally of first class wickets in India after Bishen Singh Bedi. These statistics reveal that he was a great all rounder and most dependable leg spin bowler for India.

Anil Kumble was a right hand bat and a right arm leg spin bowler. He is currently the leading wicket taker for India in both tests and one day internationals. He is also the third highest wicket taker of all time in tests after Muttiah Muralidharan and Shane Warne. He also holds the record for most caught and bowled dismissals in test cricket.

Anil Kumble is popularly known as `jumbo’ for his extra fast delivery as a spinner that he bowled at a speed of 106 kilometers per hour and his teammates thought that sometimes it was as fast as a jumbo jet. He was most famous for his flippers and his googlies.

Anil Kumble is the only Indian to pick up ten wickets in an innings. On 8th February 1999, history was created at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground in New Delhi when he became only the second bowler in the history of cricket to pick up all ten wickets in an innings after Jim Laker of England. This happened in the second test against Pakistan during the series that year, leading India to a big win. It is not easy for a bowler to accomplish such a feat and expect that bowlers from the other end will fail to take even a single wicket. He was a modest cricketer. In an interview once with `Sportstar’, he reported, “You are expected to get wickets every time you come on to bowl. I concentrate that much harder because I know I have to perform. I forget about the past and concentrate on what I need to do in the future. If I have got five wickets yesterday, I cannot relax today. I never relax”. Anil Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005.

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