Hailed as one of the biggest match-winners the country has ever produced – Anil Kumble contribution in the success of Indian cricket is simply unparalleled. Despite remaining under the shadow of stars who were worshipped by millions around the world, Kumble carved a different niche for himself in the heart of every cricket lover. Also Read - ICC's Guidelines 'Weird And Off-putting' But Health And Safety More Important: MCC Chief Kumar Sangakkara
By a fair distance, the legendary leg-spinner was India’s most successful bowler in both the limited overs and Test format. Not just in Indian cricket, Kumble is one of the legends of the game in world cricket history. With close to 1,000 international wickets, he played a pivotal role in Team India’s numerous victories and also inspired a whole generation. Also Read - Virat Kohli Recalls How He Earned MS Dhoni's Trust For India Captaincy, Says Becoming Skipper Not Even in my Wildest Dreams
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The Bangalore-born spinner served Indian cricket at the highest level for 18 long years and picked up record 619 wickets in Tests and 337 scalps in the ODIs. Kumble was the fourth Indian after Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, and Sunil Gavaskar to be inducted into the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’. Recently, his teammate Rahul Dravid was also awarded the same honour.
He formed a lethal partnership with ‘Turbanator’ Harbhajan Singh and won India several matches both home and away. Kumble became only the second bowler in the cricket history to take all ten wickets of the innings. On February 7, 1999 during the second test of the two-game series against Pakistan, Anil Kumble took 10/74.
Despite all these match-winning performances – the most remembered moments of Kumble’s career was when he played with a broken jaw with a bandage tied around his face against West Indies.
On his 48th birthday, many former cricketers and his teammates’ shower love for the champion who will always be remembered highly for his extraordinary services for the cricket-frenzy nation.
Few records which Anil Kumble holds in international cricket –
1. Kumble holds the record for registering a 10-wicket haul in a single innings of a Test match. He is the only bowler after England’s Jim Laker to achieve that feat.
2. Kumble also holds the record for the notching up the most number of Test wickets (619) taken by an Indian and third overall behind Muralitharan and Warne.
3. He also holds the capturing most number of International wickets (956) by an Indian bowler.
4. Kumble also the record of picking up the maximum number of wickets (337) in ODI cricket.
5. He holds an unbeaten record of claiming 61 ODI wickets in a calendar year in 1996. A feat which has not been accomplished since by any bowler.
6. Jumbo has claimed 8 ten-wicket hauls and 35 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.