Gautam Gambhir on Sunday labelled leg spinner Anil Kumble as the “greatest match-winner” India ever had as the country celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the spinner taking all ten wickets in a single Test innings at Delhi.
Anil Kumble who debuted in 1990 and retired in 2008 from Tests picked 619 wickets in 132 Tests besides 337 wickets in 271 ODIs. He holds the record for getting 10 wickets in a single innings of a test match. He is the second one to do this after Jim Laker.
Gautam Gambhir: Anil Kumble Was The Greatest Match Winner India Ever Had
Anil Kumble has most Test Wickets by an Indian and third in the world, with 619 wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan & Shane Warne and has also most International wickets by an Indian and third in the world, with 956 wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan & Shane Warne.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 7, 2021
On February 7, 1999, Anil Kumble became just the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker in the history of cricket to take all ten wickets in a single innings of a Test match. He achieved the feat against arch-rivals Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, which is now known as Arun Jaitley cricket stadium in Delhi during the second Test of the two-match series.
Anil Kumble Picked All 10 Wickets As Pakistan Was At Receiving End In 2nd Test Of 2 Match Test Series
India had set Pakistan a target of 420 runs in the match and the visitors got off to a steady start as openers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar put on 101 runs for the first wicket. Anil Kumble came into the attack and wreaked havoc on the Pakistan batting line-up. The spinner, also known as ‘Jumbo’ first dismissed Shahid Afridi (41) in the 25th over.
After the right-handed batter’s dismissal, India kept on taking wickets through the spinner and Pakistan was reduced to 128/6 in no time. The leg spinner then kept on taking wickets at regular intervals and he got his tenth scalp in the 61st over after dismissing captain Wasim Akram. Saeed Anwar scored 69 but apart from him, no one other could score more than 50.
His effort enabled India to register a win by 212 runs, as he became the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker to take all ten wickets in a single Test innings. He finished with the bowling figures of 10-74 from 26.3 overs.
A legend of the game, Anil Kumble had announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008. He finished with 619 wickets in the longest format of the game. He has the third-highest number of wickets (619) in Tests, only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708). Anil Kumble is currently the head coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gautam Gambhir had earlier said that he got the maximum backing from Anil Kumble. Gautam Gambhir said that Anil Kumble was the best captain he played under and he wouldn’t have hesitated to give his life for him. Giving reasons, Gautam Gambhir said that the type of assurance he got from the spinner was incomparable.
Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble captained India in only 14 Test matches but his leadership skill has been appreciated by many and some of them have also termed him as the best captain of their lives.