While the legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble became the only second man to claim all ten wickets in a Test innings during 1999 Delhi Test, he believes that he could achieve it earlier in that innings if the DRS was present at that time.
Till the date, only two players have managed to claim all the ten wickets in a Test innings. While English off-spinner managed the bowling figures of 51.2-23-53-10 against Australia during the 1956 Manchester Test (third innings), Anil Kumble created the next best record in the 1999 Delhi Test against Pakistan with the bowling figures of 26.3-9-74-10 (fourth innings).
It was the second and final Test of that series where India must have to win that Test to save that series. On the fourth day of that Test match (7th February 1999), Pakistan got the fourth innings target of 420 runs and the visitors were bundled out for just 207 runs as India won that match by 212 runs.
I don’t think you go into a game thinking you are going to get all 10: Anil Kumble
Even at the tea break, when Kumble took all the first six wickets in that innings, he was tired but still continued his bowling in the next session as he saw an opportunity to achieve his best bowling record.
Kumble told the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the YouTube show ‘DRS with Ash, “When I took six out of six, there was a tea break. So, when I came back, I was a bit tired. Because I had bowled from lunch to tea, right throughout that spell. And at tea, I realised that there is a chance for me to get better than what I have done before. I never realised that I will get all 10.
“I don’t think you go into a game thinking you are going to get all 10. Although you try and prepare that way, saying that, how do I bowl from No 1 to No 11 in the team? But you never realise that you will get all 10. So, eight and nine happened with the fifth and sixth balls of that over.”
Kumble finally completed that incredible achievement of taking all the ten wickets in that innings by dismissing Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. However, the leg-spinner believes that the presence of the DRS would help him to achieve that landmark much earlier.
Kumble admitted, “If there was DRS, everything was out. It was clean out. If there was DRS, I would have probably gotten the 10 earlier. That’s how I look at it.”
The DRS was first time introduced in international cricket in 2008, more than nine years later of Anil Kumble’s 10/74.