He belonged to that brigade that spoke less with little words in their mouth their games worked like swords. He is the only Indian and the second bowler in the world after Jim Laker to take a perfect 10. Yes, we are talking about Jumbo, Anil Kumble who turned 48 today.
There was a time when he bowled consecutively for 14 overs and picked the wicket of Brian Lara that too with a broken jaw. Yes that was his grit, determination and love towards the game. In his final game against Australia in 2008 he bowler with 11 stitches. India’s highest wicket-taker in both the formats Anil Kumble headed the spin department with the ever charming turbanator (Harbhajan Singh) and made skilled batsman like Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Yusuf, Inzamam ul Haque, Younis Khan, Sanath Jaysurya, Mahila Jayawardena, Chanderpaul, Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss and others dance to their tune. It was their duo which ruled the golden era of Indian Cricket during the 90’s.
As a captain he also batted well down the order and scored plenty of runs. Including a century which comes to my mind while writing this blog.A gentleman of the game Mr. Kumble had always been a bright student and not only cricket but he also excelled in studies as well he did his graduation in mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.
Yeah folks he was a Mechanical Engineer and at the same time excelled in cricket too. He didn’t let the engineering become an obstacle in his cricketing career. He is one of the most educated players.
Few facts related to Anil Kumble:
Anil Kumble is a honored with Padma Shri and there is road in Bengaluru named after him.
Anil Kumble holds the record for the most Caught & Bowled tied with Muthaiah Muralidharan from Sri Lanka.
He started his career as a medium pacer and then turned into a spinner.
He married Chethana after her divorce and has a son Mayas and two daughters Aaruni and Svasti.
Kumble took 6 wickets for 12 runs against West Indies at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in ’93. It’s still an Indian record.
The Jumbo has taken 5 or more wickets more than 30 times in Test Cricket. An Indian record yet to be broken.
Here’s Wishing the greatest Spin bowler of all time a very Happy Birthday!!
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