Full Name

Anil Kumble

Born

October 17, 1970, Bangalore, Karnataka

Age

51y 51d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

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.

Kumble's prodigious capacity to bear pain was proved in Antigua in 2002 when he bandaged his fractured jaw to deliver a stirring spell, and that to continuously learn in the mid-2000s when, after a decade of middling away performances, he influenced memorable wins in Headingley, Adelaide, Multan and Kingston, using an improved googly, bigger sidespin and more variation in flight and on the crease.

In a brilliant though always downplayed career Kumble claimed virtually every Indian record. In 1999 in Delhi he swallowed all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan. In December 2001, on home turf in Bangalore, he became the India's first spinner to take 300 Test wickets. A year later, almost to the day, he became the first to do so in one-dayers. In August 2007 at The Oval he went past Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets and in January 2008 he broke the 600 barrier, to stand behind only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, emphasising his contribution to spin's golden era. And at The Oval he chalked up what, judging by the pure ecstasy of his reaction and the dressing room's, was perhaps his most cherished feat of all - a Test century that had been 17 years and 118 matches in the coming.

Less than a month after his 37th birthday, he received the ultimate honour when he was named India's Test captain for the home series against Pakistan. He went on to win the series, the first home triumph against Pakistan in 27 years, before playing a big role in holding the side together during the controversial series in Australia. He was also India's leading wicket-taker with 20 in the four Tests.

His form, however, slipped during the tour of Sri Lanka and there were calls for him to quit after a wicketless performance in the Bangalore Test against Australia. A shoulder injury added fuel to the fire and an upset Kumble reacted sharply, saying that he had it in him to continue for a while longer. However, he changed his mind during the Delhi Test and announced his retirement, fittingly at his favourite venue. He finished his career as the third-highest Test wicket-taker (619), behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

After his international retirement, Kumble continued to be actively involved in the game. In 2010, he was elected president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association and served a three-year term in that capacity. In 2016, he was appointed head coach of India, just before the team's Test tour of the West Indies.
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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test132236408501835561910/7414/14929.652.6965.931358
ODI27126514496104123376/126/1230.894.3043.0820
FC2446693129347113610/7425.832.6358.97219
List A38020247141785146/126/1227.584.2039.31430
T20545412451389575/55/524.366.6921.8210
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test132173322506110*17.77645538.82153029600
ODI271136479382610.53153661.0600576850
FC244318615572154*21.687171200
List A38020373145630*11.20001220
T2054211746811.505977.960030150
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
India vs New Zealand--0/1307-Nov-2010KowloonOTHEROD
India vs Pakistan1*0/1906-Nov-2010KowloonOTHEROD
RCB vs Super Kings1*0/3824-Sep-2010DurbanT20
RCB vs LIONS--1/1321-Sep-2010JohannesburgT20
RCB vs Mumbai--0/4519-Sep-2010DurbanT20

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VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble catch up before the match
Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble and captain KL Rahul look thoughtful
The Punjab Kings' management, led by Anil Kumble, has some thinking to do
Two Karnataka legspinners on opposite sides of the IPL fence - Shreyas Gopal meets Anil Kumble
Kuldeep Yadav and Anil Kumble have a chat before the match
Anil Kumble and Jimmy Neesham walk past as Jonty Rhodes goofs around for the camera