83 Facts About Anil Kumble


Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricket captain, coach and commentator who played Test and One Day International cricket for his national team over an international career of 18 years.


In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test match innings, joining England's Jim Laker as the second player to achieve the feat.


Unlike his contemporaries, Anil Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, but relied primarily on pace, bounce, and accuracy.


Anil Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.


Anil Kumble was a member of the Indian team that was one of the joint-winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, which the title was shared with Sri Lanka.


Anil Kumble made his First-class debut at the age of 19 while representing Karnataka.


Anil Kumble became a part of the regular ODI team during the early 1990s and held some of the best performances during this time; which included his six for 12 against the West Indies.

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Anil Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour in 2005.


Between 2012 and 2015, Anil Kumble held positions as a chief mentor for the teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.


Anil Kumble was a former head coach of the Indian cricket team as well.


Anil Kumble is currently the Head Coach and the Director of Cricket Operations of Punjab Kings.


Anil Kumble was born to family in Bangalore, Karnataka to Krishna Swamy and Saroja who both hail from Kumbla near Kasaragod, Kerala.


Anil Kumble did his primary schooling in Holy Saint English School and he completed his Class X from National High School Basavanagudi.


Anil Kumble began playing cricket on the streets of Bangalore and joined a club called "Young Cricketers" at the age of 13.


Anil Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad on 30 November 1989, taking 4 wickets and bagging a pair.


Anil Kumble was then selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan Under-19s, scoring 113 in the first test and 76 in the second.


Anil Kumble made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in the Austral-Asia Cup on 25 April 1990.


Anil Kumble played one more game in the series against Pakistan and ended up picking two wickets.


Later that year, when England toured India, Anil Kumble took 21 wickets in three Tests at an average of 19.8.


Anil Kumble picked up seven wickets for 165 runs in the third Test of the series played at Bombay as India went on to win the match by an innings and 15 runs.


Anil Kumble was adjudged man of the match for his performance.


Anil Kumble took his first 50 Test wickets in 10 matches; the record remained the fastest by an Indian bowler until Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed him achieving the feat in nine matches.


In January 1994, when Sri Lanka toured India, Anil Kumble picked up his first 10 wicket haul in his 14th match which ensured India's victory by an innings and 119 runs.


Anil Kumble picked up 11 wickets for 128 runs in the match.


In 1995 English cricket season Anil Kumble played for Northamptonshire and was the leading wicket taker with 105 wickets at the average of 20.40.

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Anil Kumble was the only bowler to take more than 100 wickets during that season.


Anil Kumble was selected in the Indian side for the 1996 World Cup.


Anil Kumble was a part of all the seven matches that India played.


Anil Kumble was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 15 wickets at an average of 18.73.


Anil Kumble picked up 3 for 48 in the match which India eventually won.


Anil Kumble was part of the squad and he was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series.


Anil Kumble picked up 19 wickets, averaging 30.31 with the ball.


Anil Kumble was the leading wicket-taker by a large margin when Australia visited India for Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1998.


Anil Kumble picked up 23 wickets in 3 test matches at the average of 18.26.


Anil Kumble is one of three bowlers ever to have taken all ten wickets in a Test innings, taking 10 for 74.


Anil Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi in February 1999.


Anil Kumble always gives full credit to him for his perfect 10 against Pakistan as Srinath bowled two wide balls in test match to avoid taking a wicket.


On 6 October 2004, Anil Kumble became only the third spinner in the history of Test cricket after Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan and the second Indian bowler after Kapil Dev to capture 400 Test wickets.


Anil Kumble holds the world record for trapping most batsmen leg before wicket.


On 10 December 2004, Anil Kumble became India's highest wicket-taker when he trapped Mohammad Rafique of Bangladesh to surpass Kapil Dev's haul of 434 wickets.


Anil Kumble played for ACC Asian XI against ICC World XI in World cricket tsunami appeal ODI match on 10 January 2005 held at the Melbourne cricket ground which was organised for the charity purpose for 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami victims.


Anil Kumble claimed his 500th Test wicket in the Second Test of England's tour of India in March 2006, when he dismissed Steve Harmison lbw.


Anil Kumble became the first Indian and fifth overall to reach the mark.


Anil Kumble took 118 Tests to reach his maiden Test hundred, which is a record for taking the most matches to score a century, beating Chaminda Vaas who had held this record previously with 96 Tests.


Anil Kumble is the only Test cricketer to have taken all ten wickets in an innings and score a Test hundred in his career.

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Anil Kumble has bowled 40850 balls in his entire Test career, which is second highest after M Muralitharan's 44039 balls.


Anil Kumble was appointed as the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on 8 November 2007.


Anil Kumble succeeded his state teammate Rahul Dravid, who resigned as the captain in September 2007.


Anil Kumble is the only leg spinner who have become the captain of the team.


Anil Kumble's first series as captain of Indian Test team was a three-match series against Pakistan played in India.


On 17 January 2008, in the third Test against Australia at WACA, Perth, Anil Kumble became the first Indian bowler and the third in the world to reach the milestone of 600 Test wickets.


Anil Kumble achieved the record just after the tea break when he had Andrew Symonds caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip.


Anil Kumble has captured most wickets against Australia by an Indian bowler.


Anil Kumble is the third bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne to take 600 Test wickets.


Anil Kumble injured the little finger of his left hand while attempting a catch off Matthew Hayden in Australia's first innings which rendered him unfit for the 4th and final test of the series against Australia in November 2008.


Anil Kumble was finding it difficult to find his striking form and went wicketless in four consecutive innings before the first innings of Australia in the third test of the series against Australia in which he managed three lower-order wickets.


Anil Kumble declared the 2nd innings of India with only 6 overs of play left in the drawn match.


Anil Kumble announced his retirement from International test cricket, first-class cricket, and list A cricket appearances on 2 November 2008 in the 3rd Test match against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium at New Delhi, India.


Anil Kumble took the last wicket of his career of Mitchell Johnson.


Anil Kumble agreed to honour his contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise of the Indian Premier League after retirement.


Anil Kumble was given a three-year contract worth US$500,000 per year in the first round of bidding in 2008.


RCB lost the finals but Anil Kumble won Man of the Match, and is the only person in IPL history to win Man of the Match in the finals despite being on the losing side.


In 2010 Indian Premier League, Anil Kumble led the team to the semi-finals.


Anil Kumble announced his retirement from Indian Premier League on 4 January 2011.


Anil Kumble left that position in January 2013, moving to a similar role with the Mumbai Indians, which he quit in November 2015 after delivering them 2 titles in alternative years.

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Anil Kumble then served as the Director of Operations for the Punjab Kings.


Anil Kumble is a right-arm leg spinner with an unorthodox style, most famous for his flipper.


Anil Kumble was one of the 4 bowlers, alongside Richard Hadlee, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, and the only Indian bowler ever, to have taken 5 wickets in a Test innings more than 30 times.


Anil Kumble is one of 4 Indian bowlers to have conceded over 250 runs in a Test match, although he took 12 wickets in that match.


Anil Kumble is known for bowling tirelessly, having bowled 72 overs in a Test innings once.


Anil Kumble is remembered for his tenacity in bowling even when injured, especially after an incident in a match against West Indies where, despite having his broken jaw being heavily taped, he came back and took the wicket of Brian Lara.


Anil Kumble relies more on accuracy, variations and bounce rather than spinning the ball.


Anil Kumble has shown that not only turn and flight that can deceive the batsman but the changes of length and pace.


Anil Kumble has been a cultured practitioner of his unique craft and a master of nuances.


Anil Kumble has been appointed to the athlete's commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency, with his term starting on 1 January 2009.


On 21 November 2010, Anil Kumble was elected as The President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, with statemates and former India teammate Venkatesh Prasad elected as vice-president whereas his former teammate, Javagal Srinath got elected as Secretary.


On 12 October 2012, Anil Kumble was appointed as the new Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee.


Anil Kumble has been retained as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for another three years on 2 March 2019.


The chief of COA, Vinod Rai, announced on 12 June 2017 that Anil Kumble will continue as the coach of the India Cricket Team for the upcoming West Indies tour of India.


Anil Kumble is the most successful Indian bowler of all time and fourth-highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests.


Anil Kumble took 35 five-wicket hauls and eight ten-wicket hauls in Tests and two ODI five-wicket hauls.


Anil Kumble holds the record of bowling 40,850 balls in the entire Test career, which is the highest for an Indian and second-highest overall.


Anil Kumble is one of six bowlers to take 900 or more wickets in their entire career, taking 956 wickets in his career.