Anil Kumble

After a disappointing end to their World T20 campaign earlier in the year, Team India is set to step into a new era in the glorious history of the sport.

The Men in Blue are without a head coach since Ravi Shastri vacated the place and it was looking more and more important for the squad to have a leader in their dressing rooms.

And now, they will have such a presence around the squad after the new Indian head coach was announced.

Of the many candidates that applied for the post, the Cricket Advisory Committee and the BCCI have jointly announced the legendary leg-spinner and former Indian international Anil Kumble as the new head coach for Team India for the up to a year from now.

Though he is a popular figure, Anil Kumble as a player and a person is not an open book and there are plenty of things that we need to know about him.

So here are 20 things you might not have known about the new Indian head coach:

– He was born in Bangalore, Karnataka. His father is K.N. Krishna Swamy and mother is Saroja.

– Anil Kumble is married to Chethana Ramatheertha.

– He started as a medium-pace bowler and only turned to wrist spin later in his career.

– Anil Kumble is the 30th Test captain of Indian team.

– He was named the cricketer of the year by Wisden in 1996

– Anil Kumble was also awarded India’s third highest civilian award “Padma Bhushan.”

– Anil Kumble was also honoured with Arjun award, the national sports award of India, in 1995.

– The Bangalore boy holds the record for the best figures ever in test cricket with his 10/74 against Pakistan.

– He was only the second bowler after Jim Laker of England to pick all 10 wickets in a test innings.

– He ranks third in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket with 419 wickets in just 132 games and is behind the duo of Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800)

– Academically, Anil Kumble completed his mechanical engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering before going on to become one of the greatest players for India.

– He also holds a peculiar record of being the only centurion in India’s tour of England in 2007.

– He scored his first century at the age of 37, and holds the record for playing the most number of test matches before reaching a ton.

– For 21 years, Kumble held the record for the best bowling figures in ODI’s for India with his 6/12 against West Indies.

– He was also prestigiously the leading wicket taker in the 1996 World Cup with 15 wickets even with India not reaching the final of the competition.

– With 337 wickets in 271 games, Kumble is also the highest wicket taker for India in ODIs.

– He won the man of the match award in his first test as the Indian skipper leading from the front.

– Another peculiar record held by the former Indian skipper. Kumble is in the 2nd place for the number of balls bowled in his test career. He delivered 40,850 balls in his career is second to the Sri Lankan legend who bowled 44039 balls in his career.

– Even in the IPL, Anil Kumble showed his magic. He took RCB to a final in 2009 but failed to win the trophy. However, he holds the record for the third best bowling figures in the IPL with his 5/5 in the same year in South Africa.

– His experience in IPL is high as he has coached both the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians, two of the biggest franchises in the competition.

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