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Anil Kumble      

Full name Anil Kumble

Born October 17, 1970, Bangalore, Karnataka

Current age 43 years 333 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Karnataka, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Anil Kumble
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 132 173 32 2506 110* 17.77 6455 38.82 1 5 302 9 60 0
ODIs 271 136 47 938 26 10.53 1536 61.06 0 0 57 6 85 0
First-class 244 318 61 5572 154* 21.68 7 17 120 0
List A 380 203 73 1456 30* 11.20 0 0 122 0
Twenty20 54 21 17 46 8 11.50 59 77.96 0 0 3 0 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 132 236 40850 18355 619 10/74 14/149 29.65 2.69 65.9 31 35 8
ODIs 271 265 14496 10412 337 6/12 6/12 30.89 4.30 43.0 8 2 0
First-class 244 66931 29347 1136 10/74 25.83 2.63 58.9 72 19
List A 380 20247 14178 514 6/12 6/12 27.58 4.20 39.3 14 3 0
Twenty20 54 54 1245 1389 57 5/5 5/5 24.36 6.69 21.8 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Manchester, Aug 9-14, 1990 scorecard
Last Test India v Australia at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2008 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Apr 25, 1990 scorecard
Last ODI Bermuda v India at Port of Spain, Mar 19, 2007 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1989/90
Last First-class India v Australia at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2008 scorecard
List A debut 1989/90
Last List A Bermuda v India at Port of Spain, Mar 19, 2007 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Gloucestershire v Surrey at Bristol, Jul 24, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Durban, Sep 24, 2010 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/13 India v New Zealand Kowloon 7 Nov 2010 Other OD
0/19, 1* India v Pakistan Kowloon 6 Nov 2010 Other OD
0/38, 1* RCB v Super Kings Durban 24 Sep 2010 T20
1/13 RCB v Lions Johannesburg 21 Sep 2010 T20
0/45 RCB v Mum Indians Durban 19 Sep 2010 T20
1*, 1/25 RCB v South Aust Durban 17 Sep 2010 T20
1/10 RCB v Guyana Centurion 12 Sep 2010 T20
0/29 RCB v Central D Pretoria 7 Sep 2010 Other T20
4/16 RCB v Chargers Mumbai 24 Apr 2010 T20
1/30, 1* RCB v Mum Indians Mumbai 21 Apr 2010 T20
Profile

No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn't been a harder trier either. Like the great tall wristspinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble traded the legspinner's proverbial yo-yo for a spear, as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. The method provided him stunning success, particularly on Indian soil, where his deliveries burst like packets of water upon the feeblest hint of a crack, and more than one modern-day batsman remarked that there was no more difficult challenge in cricket than handling Kumble on a wearing surface.

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Timeline
    • August 9, 1990
      Inconspicuous entry
      • A bespectacled and studious-looking Kumble makes his Test debut against England at Old Trafford. Bowling first-change, takes 3 for 105 - his first wicket is Allan Lamb, snared at silly point for 38 - as England rack up 519. Goes wicket-less in the second innings, and does not play in the third Test. Does not get another opportunity for more than two years.
    • September 27-30, 1992
      Delhi - a love affair begins
      • Playing for Rest of India against Delhi, Kumble takes 13 for 138 in the Irani Trophy game, a performance that the selectors cannot ignore when the team for the tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa is selected shortly after. The Kotla, as only time will so beautifully tell, proves to be Kumble's fortress as the years progress.
    • November 29, 1992
      Welcome back the wily one
      • Back in the Test side after a long gap, his 6 for 53 - from 44 overs complete with 22 maidens - dismisses South Africa for 252 in their second innings during the second Test in Johannesburg. Five of his victims are bowled, beaten either by his zip off the pitch or else frustrated into playing across the line by his accuracy. The match is drawn, but he proves he is here to stay.
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Best Performances
    • 6 for 12 v West Indies, Kolkata, 1992-93
      • A crowd widely estimated as close to 100,000 watches with delight as West Indies' batting collapses in the final of the Hero Cup. From 57 for 1 they lose nine wickets for 66, and are all out with nearly 10 overs remaining; Kumble takes the last six for four runs in 26 balls. His full figures of 6 for 12 are the best for India in one-day internationals. One of his victims, Roland Holder, notches up the dubious first of being given out bowled by a TV umpire.
    • 4 for 69 and 7 for 59 v Sri Lanka, Lucknow, 1993-94
      • Kumble's first 10-wicket haul, in his 14th Test. Eleven wickets in the match, replete with his second-innings seven-wicket haul, give India a thumping win over Sri Lanka in Lucknow, and Kumble, 23, his first Man-of-the-Match award. Bounding in, shoulders arched and eyes ablaze with intent, Kumble is a sight to behold on the third and fourth days, sending down over after over of fizzing, ripping legspin that utterly confounds the hapless Sri Lankans. Four vital scalps in the first innings force the tourists to follow on, only for Kumble to relentlessly continue his mastery - despite a bleeding nose and heat exhaustion - on the fourth day.
    • 5 for 33 v New Zealand, Wellington, 1993-94
      • A target of 256 for New Zealand in the Wellington ODI briefly looks attainable as Shane Thomson and Adam Parore put on 85 for the sixth wicket. Thomson reaches 50 in 51 balls but Kumble has him stumped, and bowls Parore, and 28 off the last two overs is too much for the tail. Earlier, Kumble removes both Chris Harris and Blair Hartland, after they put on 60 for the second wicket, and finishes with 5 for 33.
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Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • 'The last column is the one that matters' (Apr 16, 2008)
    Spin may be inborn but the ability to get wickets can be developed. India's leading match-winner should know
  • The 100-per-cent cricketer (Jan 1, 2005)
    He may be a master of his craft but Anil's greatness lies in his ability to always see himself as a student
  • Anil Kumble (1996)
    The summer of 1995 saw a pleasing contrast between international cricket and the domestic game
  • 'Cricket should talk' (Feb 14, 2008)
    India's captain has always been an old-school player, firm in the belief that actions speak louder than words. How does he deal with a side where, increasingly, the players feel the need to wear their attitude on their sleeves?
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Jun 24, 2014

Anil Kumble attends the ICC Annual Conference, Melbourne, June 24, 2014

Anil Kumble attends the ICC Annual Conference

© AFP

May 23, 2014

Match referee Andy Pycroft discusses Mumbai Indians' last-minute substitution of Praveen Kumar, Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2014, Mumbai, May 23, 2014

Match referee Andy Pycroft discusses Mumbai Indians' last-minute substitution of Praveen Kumar

© BCCI

Apr 15, 2014

John Wright, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble at the Mumbai Indians' nets, Abu Dhabi, April 15, 2014

John Wright, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble at the Mumbai Indians' nets

© Mumbai Indians

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1996

Tour Results
West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006
India won by 49 runs
West Indies v India at Basseterre - Jun 22-26, 2006
Match drawn
West Indies v India at Gros Islet - Jun 10-14, 2006
Match drawn
West Indies v India at St John's - Jun 2-6, 2006
Match drawn
Antg & Barb v Indians at St John's - May 30-31, 2006
Match drawn
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