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The Jumbo moment: Remembering Anil Kumble's 'perfect 10'


Today is 20 years since India's spin ace Anil Kumble snared his easiest 10 (10/74) towards Pakistan on the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.


TOI recalls five defining moments of the former India skipper's illustrious global occupation spanning 18 seasons.

Perfect 10 vs Pakistan, Delhi, 1999

On February 7, 1999 on the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Kumble became the second bowler within the historical past of Test cricket after Jim Laker to capture all ten wickets in an innings. Set an implausible target of 420, Pakistan's chances of drawing the tournament on the ultimate day were utterly smashed via Kumble, who took 10/74 to lead India to a massive 212-run win towards the arch-rivals.


Monkeygate vs Australia, Sydney, 2008

It was one among cricket’s greatest controversies, proper up there with the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal. Harbhajan Singh was accused of passing racial comments towards Australian Andrew Symonds right through a heated stand-off in the second Test. While allegations and claims flew thick and speedy, Kumble stood via Harbhajan in what has come to be observed as the highlight of his stint on the helm.

6/12 vs West Indies, Kolkata, 1993

Chasing 226, West Indies were in deep trouble at 63 for four within the ultimate of the 1993 Hero Cup on the Eden Gardens. With Roland Holder and Carl Hooper on the crease, the visitors would have still fancied their possibilities, however Kumble ensured Windies unravelled in fast time. The spinner returned his best possible figures — 6 for 12 — in One-dayers to lead India to a commanding victory.

Broken jaw vs West Indies, Antigua, 2002

Kumble put country first, despite the fact that it supposed taking part in with a broken jaw. A screaming bouncer from pacer Mervyn Dillon slipped during the visor of his helmet and struck Kumble on the jaw right through the fourth Test in Antigua. Kumble spat blood, persevered the ache of a fractured jaw and batted on. He returned the next day with a closely strapped jaw to bowl 14 overs ahead of returning house for surgical treatment.


6/72 vs Pakistan, Multan, 2004

India started the ancient Test series with an innings-and-52-run victory, courtesy Kumble’s decisive burst of 6 for 72 in the second innings. Although the Test tournament is best possible remembered for Virender Sehwag’s triple hundred, Kumble’s eight-wicket tournament haul was the most important in orchestrating India’s first Test win on Pakistan soil.


Maiden Test century vs England, London, 2007

Although India accumulated a formidable 664 within the drawn third Test towards England at The Oval, Kumble was the one Indian in a starstudded line-up that integrated Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly to score a century. The unbeaten 110 (193 balls, 217 minutes, 16x4, 1x6) stays his best possible Test rating, and was the one hundred via an Indian batsman within the three-match series which the visitors won 1-Zero.





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