Many said Anil Kumble can’t be a bowler and he proved them wrong with 619 scalps to his name. To be the third highest wicket taker in Test cricket is an achievement. Many questioned his batting abilities, but he proved everyone wrong in 2007 on the tour to England, when he was the only Indian on the tour to register a hundred. He scored 110 not out at the Oval, which was easily one of the most romantic moments of Indian Cricket. He did captain the Indian side and won the match for India. Jumbo, as he is popularly known, is India’s hero and a match winner. Playing with a bleeding nose, broken jaw and many such shortcomings showed his passion and love for the game and country. He even had a coaching stint with the Indian team, although it didn’t last long.
Today on his birthday, ES brings you a collection of his top bowling performances.
Anil Kumble Performances
8. 5 for 33 v New Zealand, Wellington, 1993-94
New Zealand were cruising towards the target in the Wellington ODI after Shane Thompson and Adam Parore stitched an 85 run partnership for the sixth wicket. Then ‘Jumbo’ joined the party and Thompson was sent packing. But not before completing his half century. Parore soon followed him. 28 off last two overs was too much for the tail-enders and India eventually won the match.
Earlier Kumble scalped the priced wickets of Chris Harry and Blair Hartland, after they added 60 runs for the second wicket. He finished with match figures of 5-33.