Anil Kumble is the best competition winner India has ever had, says Gautam Gambhir


On the 22nd birthday of Anil Kumble who took all ten wickets in a single Test innings, Gautam Gambhir labeled the spinner on Sunday as the “greatest match winner” India has ever had. Gambhir tweeted a video shared by BCCI that showed the highlights of Kumble’s historic achievement, writing, “The greatest competition winner India has ever had! Take a bow, legend! @ Anilkumble1074.” It was on February 7, 1999 that Anil Kumble became only the second bowler in cricket history to take all ten wickets in an innings of a test match.

He achieved the feat against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi during the second test of the two-match series.

India had set Pakistan a goal of 420 runs in the match and the visitors got off to a steady start as openers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar scored 101 runs for the first wicket.

After that, it was Kumble who took the offensive and ran through the Pakistani batting line-up. The spinner, also known as ” Jumbo ”, sent Afridi (41) away for the first time in the 25th.

After the righthanded batter’s resignation, India continued to take wickets via Kumble and Pakistan was reduced to 128/6 in no time.

Kumble went on to take wickets at regular intervals and he got his 10th scalp in the 61st on after firing Wasim Akram.

This effort enabled India to record a 212-run victory and Kumble became the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker to take all ten wickets in a single Test innings.

Kumble finished with the bowling figures of 10-74 from 26.3 overs.

Kumble, a legend of the game, announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008. He finished with 619 wickets in the longest format of the game.


He is the third highest wicket-taker (619) in Tests, behind only Muttiah Muralitharan (800) from Sri Lanka and Shane Warne (708) from Australia.

Kumble is currently the head coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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