India’s legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble was quite phenomenal in his cricketing career. Kumble ended up as third-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 619 wickets following the spin greats Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800).
Anil Kumble was someone who could able to extract extra bounce from hard surfaces and when the wicket was slow, his accuracy would get him the wickets. He was not a big spinner of the ball. Jumbo’s line and length were spot-on and were enough to trouble the batsmen.
Seventeen years ago, Anil Kumble created history after becoming the first Indian to scalp 10 wickets in an innings and only the 2nd bowler ever to achieve this feat after Jim Laker. This historic moment came against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 1999.
Pakistan was chasing a score of 420 and they started the innings quite well. The first wicket partnership crossed hundred in 20 odd overs and skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was in a bit of worry.
After the lunch break, the captain asked Anil Kumble, who did not go well in his first spell before the break to change his end. And everything started to go right for the leggie and India.
Pakistani batsmen were having problems to face Kumble. Jumbo ran through their batting line-up and rattled it. He finished with figures of 10 for 74 in the last innings of the match as India won the test match by 212 runs.