Right arm leg spinner, Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer who was born on 17 October 1970 in Bengaluru, India. Nicknamed as ‘Jumbo’, Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in test history. In his 18 years long carrer, Anil Kumble has bagged 619 wickets in total.
In 1999, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a single innings of a test match against Pakistan. He is the only second player after Jim Laker to do so. Kumble made his first class debut at the age of 19 and represented Karnataka at domestic level.
Padma Shri awardee, Kumble played for 18 years before he hung up his boot in November 2008. In 2012, he was also appointed the chairman of ICC.
Former cricketer, mentor
Date of Birth:
17 October 1970
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Bengaluru, Mysore State, India
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Holy Saint English School
National College Basavanagudi
Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering
vs England on 09 August 1990
vs Australia on 25 April 1990
Karnataka, Surrey, Liecestershire, Northamptonshire and Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Googly and Flipper
Career Turning Point
1992, India toured South Africa. Kumble took 8 wickets in the second test and grabbed 18 wickets in total in 4 test matches.
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Kumble is the most wicket taking Indian bowler and third in the world in test cricket.
He also holds the record of taking most international wickets by any Indian bowler and third in the world behind M Muralidharan and S Warne
He holds the record for taking most ODI wickets by any Indian bowler
In 1996, he took 61 ODI wickets which is a record for taking most wicket in a calendar year by a Indian bowler
At Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Kumble has taken 56 ODI wickets which is an Indian record for taking most wickets at a particular ground.
He took 10 wickets against Pakistan in an inning of a test match. He shares this record with Jim Laker
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
3 (1 boy -Mayas Kumble
2 girls – Svasti Kumble and Aaruni Kumble)
Awards and Recognitions
Anil Kumble became an Arjuna Awardee in 1995
In 1996 he was chosen in Wisden Cricketers of the Year
In 2005, Anil Kumble was awarded with Padma Shri
In 2009 IPL, Kumble took 5 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals and was awarded “Best breakthrough performance in IPL 2009”
In 2015, Anil Kumble was inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
It is said that Anil Kumble and Skipper Virat Kohli had differences in their styles which led to Kumble’s stepping down from the role of a head coach of the national team.
Lesser Known Facts
Anil Kumble got his nick name “Jumbo” from his teammates who believed being a spinner, he bowls as fast as a jumbo jet and also because his feet are quite big.
Kumble fell in love with Chetna who was a travel agent and married and had a daughter too. She was struggling with her marital life when she met Kumble and later in 1999 Chetna gave divorce to her husband and married Anil.
Kumble had to fight a legal battle to adopt Chetna’s already child – Aaruni Kumble.
In July 2016, Anil Kumble took the responsibility of Indian national team as a head coach. However, 1 year later, he stepped down from the post because of his alleged differences with Indian Skipper Virat Kohli
In 2002 Antigua Test against West Indies, Kumble bowled with a broken jaw and took the wicket of Brian Lara.
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