Anil Kumble: The Smiling Assassin
Anil Kumble was born on 17 October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka to KN Krishna Swamy and Saroja. His family, of Kannadiga origin, takes its name from Kumble village situated in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, close to the Karnataka border. He is married to Chethana Ramatheertha. Anil has 3 children : daughters Aaruni and Svasti and son Mayas.
Kumble did his primary schooling at Holy Saint English School and his high schooling at National High School, Basavanagudi. He got his Pre-University College education from National College, Basavanagudi. He graduated from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 1991-92.
Kumble is a right-arm leg spinner with an unorthodox style, most famous for his flipper. He started his career as a medium pacer, which has given him a useful faster delivery. He relies more on accuracy, variations and bounce than spinning the ball.
Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad in November 1989, taking 4 wickets and bagging a pair. He was selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan Under-19s, scoring 113 in the first test and 76 in the second. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in the Australasia Cup on 25 April 1990.
Kumble also made his Test debut in that year on India’s tour of England in the second Test. It was when India toured South Africa in 1992 that he established himself as a quality international spinner, taking 8 wickets in the second Test. Later that year, when England toured India, he took 21 wickets in just 3 Test matches at an average of 19.8.
Kumble took his first 50 Test wickets in just 10 Test matches, the fastest an Indian bowler had achieved the milestone. He went on to become the second fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 Test wickets in 21 Test matches, after Erapalli Prasanna. On 27 November 1993, he took 6 wickets for 12 runs in an ODI against the West Indies at Calcutta, a new record for best bowling figures by an Indian, one that has remained unbeaten till date.
Kumble was appointed the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on 8 November 2007 after Rahul Dravid resigned as captain. His first assignment as captain was the three-test home series against Pakistan that India won 1-0. Then he led the Indian Test team on its tour to Australia for the 2007-08 four-test series of The Border-Gavaskar Trophy that India lost 1-2.
Since his debut in international cricket on 25 April 1990, Kumble has taken 619 Test wickets and 330 ODI wickets. Kumble is the second highest wicket taker among leg spinners in Test cricket behind leg spinner Shane Warne of Australia and the third of all bowlers after Warne and off spinner Muttiah
Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and has claimed 619 Test wickets. He is one of only two bowlers in the history of cricket to have taken all 10 wickets in a test innings, the other being Jim Laker of England.
Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the Government of India in 2005. He won $ Man of the Series in Tests and 1 in ODIs. He also won 10 Man of the Match awards in Tests and 6 in ODIs. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1995 and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1996.
After playing for India for 18 years, Kumble announced his retirement on 2 November 2008. His last match was against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi.
Test wicket milestones
1st: Allan Lamb (England)
50th: David Houghton (Zimbabwe)
100th: Martin Crowe (New Zealand)
150th: Sherwin Campbell (West Indies)
200th: Pommie Mbangwa (Zimbabwe)
250th: Dion Nash (New Zealand)
300th: Matthew Hoggard (England)
350th: Jacob Oram (New Zealand)
400th: Darren Lehmann (Australia)
450th: Mohammad Sami (Pakistan)
500th: Stephen Harmison (England)
550th: Khaled Mashud (Bangladesh)
600th: Andrew Symonds (Australia)
619th: Mitchell Johnson (Australia)