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A Profile of The INdian Test Captain-A.Kumble
A Profile of The INdian Test Captain-A.Kumble

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Anil Kumble

Team India Player

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Full name - Anil Kumble Born - October 17, 1970, Bangalore, Karnataka Current age - 37 years 101 days Major teams - India, ACC Asian XI, Karnataka, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Surrey Batting style - Right-hand bat Bowling style - Leg break googly

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No bowler in history has won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn't been a harder trier either. Like the great tall wrist spinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble trades the leg spinner's proverbial yo-yo for a spear. As the ball hacks through the air rather than hanging in it and comes off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. It is a method that has provided him stunning success, particularly on Indian soil, where his deliveries burst like packets of water upon the feeblest hint of a crack. More than one modern-day batsman has remarked that there is no more difficult challenge in cricket than handling Kumble on a wearing surface.

Kumble's prodigious capacity to bear pain was proved in Antigua in 2002 when he bandaged his fractured jaw to deliver a stirring spell. And that to continuously learn when, in the mid-2000s, after a decade of middling away performances, he influenced memorable wins in Headingley, Adelaide, Multan and Kingston, using an improved googly, bigger sidespin and more variation in flight and on the crease. In a brilliant though always downplayed career Kumble has claimed virtually every Indian record. In 1999 in Delhi he swallowed all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan. In December 2001, on home turf in Bangalore, he became the India's first spinner to take 300 Test wickets.

A year later, almost to the day, he became the first to do so in one-dayers. In August 2007 at The Oval he went past Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets to move to No.3 on the all-time list, behind only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, emphasizing his contribution to spin's golden era. And in that same Test he chalked up what, judging by the pure ecstasy of his reaction and the dressing room's, was perhaps his most cherished feat of all - a Test century that had been 17 years and 118 matches in the coming. Less than a month after his 37th birthday, though, he received the ultimate honour when he was named India's Test captain for the home series against Pakistan.

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