October 17, 1970 will be a day to remember for Indian cricket fans.
No major event took place in the history of the game, but a new life came into being in Bengaluru which would change the dynamics of the team in the years to come.
Anil Kumble was born on that day and almost 20 years later was making his Test debut in England.
Between 1990 to 2008, Kumble played 132 Tests and 271 ODIs. With 619 Test scalps he is third in the all-time list and leads the pack for India. In ODIs he has 337 victims and is still India’s leading wicket-taker.
But enough of dwelling into the stats. Be it his 10/74 against Pakistan or 6/12 against West Indies, Kumble has more often than not bore the brunt of the bowling. Sometimes his contribution would get sidelined due to India’s great batting line-up post 2000, but the man never complained and went about doing his job.
Currently, the coach of the Indian team, Kumble is continuing his tricks of the trade from behind the scenes as he did on the field. With a legacy like his, players will want to absorb as much knowledge as possible
So on his 46th birthday, here are some interesting facts about his life, career and the man in general:
1. Got the nickname Jumbo due to his fast deliveries
It was believed that the ball would come off the pitch like a jumbo jet, hence the nickname.
2. Scored a Test hundred after playing 118 matches
It is the most number of games taken to get past a 3-figure score.
3. Is married with 2 children
Kumble is married to Chethana and has a son, Mayas and daughter, Svasti. He has another daughter Aaruni who is from Chethana’s first marriage.
4. Was appointed Test captain at the age of 37
In the twilight of his career, Kumble was asked to lead the Test team while the ODI & T20I reins were handed to MS Dhoni. This was after Rahul Dravid had stepped down following the tour of England.
5. Has the second best bowling figures in Tests
He is one of two bowlers to take 10 wickets in a Test innings. But Jim Laker of England who achieved the feat in 1956, took 10/53 and is thus at number one.
6. Is a qualified mechanical engineer
Kumble graduated B.E from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) in Mechanical Engineering in 1991–92.
7. Second most number of balls bowled in Test cricket
He has bowled 40,850 balls in his entire Test career, which is second highest after Muralitharan’s 44,039 balls.