Anil Kumble's Profile


Anil Kumble is a well known spin bowler and former Indian national cricket team member and captain of the Indian Test cricket team.

He was born 17th October, 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka to KN Krishna Swamy and Saroja. Kumble has a brother named Dinesh. He is nicknamed Jumbo not only because his deliveries, for a spinner, are "as fast as a Jumbo jet", but also because his feet are quite big or Jumbo as observed by his team-mates.

He is a primeraily fine right arm leg spinner bowler and right hand batsman.

Kumble married to Chethana Ramatheertha and now he has three children – daughter Aaruni (from Chethana’s previous marriage), Mayas (Son) and the youngest daughter Svasti.

As a kid he joined a Cricket Club named Young Cricketers. He was a very brilliant student and finished his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Bangalore in the year 1991-92.

He started playing First Class Cricket for Karnataka team with a match against Hyderabad in the year 1989, and managed to grab 4 wickets in the match.

Anil made his debut in the One Day International (ODI) Cricket with the Australasia Cup tournament at Sharjah in the year 1989-90, in a match against Sri Lanka. He took 1 wicket in this match, and gave 42 runs.

His Test Cricket career began with a Test Series against England played at Manchester in August 1990. Anil took 3 wickets and gave 105 runs in 43 overs out of which 7 were maiden ones.

Anil Kumble was appointed the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on 8 November 2007. His first assignment as captain was the three-test home series against Pakistan that India won 1-0.

He is one of only three bowlers to have taken more than six hundred test wickets.

Currently he is a leading wicket taker and third highest wicket taker in Test Cricket. He won many Man of The Series and Man of The Match awards.

Kumble took his first fifty test wickets in just ten test matches. He is an Indian fastest bowler had achieved this milestone.

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. He achieved this rare feat in February 1999 in a Test match played against Pakistan in Delhi.

He has also taken part in Indian Premier League matches in Royal Challangers Bangalore team.

Throughout his Test Cricket career, Anil Kumble played 132 Test matches in which he managed to grab 619 wickets at the loss of 18355 runs, with an average of 29.65 runs. During his Test career he scored 2506 runs with an average of 17.77 runs. His highest score in Test Cricket was 110 not out.

As far as One Day International (ODI) Cricket is concerned, Anil played 271 ODI matches throughout his career in which he took 337 wickets giving away 10412 runs with an average of 30.80 runs. He scored 938 runs with an average of 10.53 runs in the ODI matches he played, his highest score being 26.

Anil Kumble played his last ODI match against Bermuda at Port of Spain on 19th of March, 2007. In this match, he took 3 wickets and gave away 38 runs.

After playing for India for 18 years, he announced his retirement on 2 November 2008. His last match was against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. In this match, Anil took 3 wickets, and gave away 126 runs combining both the innings.

Anil Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India's 4th highest civilian honour, by the Government of India in 2005. Arjuna award, a sports award from the Government of India, in 1995 and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, in 1996.

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