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Anil Kumble (About this sound pronunciation (help·info); born 17 October 1970) is the current head coach of the Indian cricket team, and a former Indian cricketer and captain. A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time (as of 2015, behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne). Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, but relied primarily on pace, bounce, and accuracy. He was nicknamed “Jumbo”. Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.
Born in Bengaluru, Karnataka, Kumble developed an early interest in cricket as he grew up watching players like B. S. Chandrasekhar before becoming a full-fledged cricketer. He made his First-class debut at the age of 19 while representing Karnataka. Soon he was picked up for the Austral-Asia Cup in 1990 before making his Test debut against England later that year. Since then he has represented the Indian Test team on more than 132 Test matches and was responsible for many of India’s victories. Kumble became a part of the regular ODI team during the early 1990s and held some of the best performances during this time; which included his six for 12 (six wickets for 12 runs) against the West Indies. The year 1996 proved to very successful for him as he was selected for the World Cup and emerged out as the most successful bowler of the tournament; he played seven matches and captured 15 wickets at an average of 18.73. In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all the ten batsmen in a Test match innings,being among the only two players to achieve this feat; the other player being Jim Laker of England.
Kumble was born in Bengaluru, Karnataka to Krishna Swamy and Saroja.Kumble has a brother named Dinesh Kumble. He is married to Chethana Kumble, and has two children – son Mayas Kumble and daughter Svasti Kumble.He also has a daughter Aaruni Kumble (Chetna’s daughter from her first marriage).
Kumble’s primary school was Holy Saint English School . He began playing cricket on the streets of Bengaluru and joined a club called “Young Cricketers” at the age of 13. He completed his pre-university college education from National College Basavanagudi. Kumble graduated B.E from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) in Mechanical Engineering in 1991–92. 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. Recently one of the Main Road to Govt Hospital was renamed as ANIL KUMBLE Road by cricketer Kumble himself in a recent function conducted by Kumbla Panchayat.
Early domestic career and international debut
Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad on 30 November 1989, taking 4 wickets and bagging a pair. He was then selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan Under-19s, scoring 113 in the first test and 76 in the second. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in the Austral-Asia Cup on 25 April 1990.He played one more game in the series against Pakistan and picked up ended up with two wickets. His Test debut came in the same year when India toured England for a three-test series. It was the second test of the series played at Manchester and he picked up 3 wickets conceding 105 runs in the first innings and went wicket-less in the second innings of the match which resulted in a draw.
1996 World Cup
The year 1996 proved to be extremely successful for Kumble as he claimed 61 ODI wickets at an average of 20.24.All in all, he was the leading wicket taker in the calendar year with 90 wickets at an average of 24.14 in Tests and ODIs combined. Kumble was selected in the Indian side for the 1996 Cricket World Cup. He was a part of all the seven matches that India played. Kumble was the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 15 wickets at an average of 18.73. India played their first match against Kenya where Kumble took three for 28 runs, which helped restricting Kenya for just 199/6 in their 50 overs. India won the match comfortably by seven wickets. In the subsequent matches he picked up three for 35 runs (against West Indies) and two wickets for 39 runs (against Sri Lanka) in group phase.India played against Pakistan in the quarter final phase,
Kumble agreed to honour his contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise of the Indian Premier League after retirement. He was given a three-year contract worth US$500,000 per year in the first round of bidding in 2008.
On 18 April 2009 he took a five-wicket haul conceding just 5 runs against the defending champions Rajasthan Royals, which helped RCB get a 75-run victory in the second match of the 2009 edition, played in South Africa. After the departure of Kevin Pietersen for England’s cricket commitments, Kumble was named as the captain of the Royal Challengers. On 23 May 2009 his team defeated the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets and got a spot in the final against the Deccan Chargers. Though RCB could not win the tournament, Kumble ended as the most successful spin bowler and the 2nd highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 5.86 runs per over behind R. P. Singh.
In 2010 Indian Premier League, Kumble led the team to the semi-finals. After being forced to play their semi-finals at the DY Patil Stadium following security concerns in Bengaluru, the Royal Challengers lost their semi-final to the Mumbai Indians with Kumble taking 1 wicket at an economy rate of 7.50 in the match.
Kumble announced his retirement from Indian Premier League on 4 January 2012. After his retirement from IPL as a player, RCB appointed him as the chief mentor for the team. Kumble left that position in January 2013, moving to a similar role with the Mumbai Indians, which he quit in November 2015.
Head Coach of India
On June 24, 2016 he was appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team by BCCI for a period of one year.
Awards and honours
Arjuna award, a sports award from the Government of India, in 1995
One of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, in 1996.
Among the 16 cricketers shortlisted for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century, in 2002 (Kapil Dev won)
Padma Shri, a civilian award from the Government of India, in 2005.
A prominent intersection in M. G. Road, Bengaluru has been named after Anil Kumble.
‘Best breakthrough performance IPL 2009’ for his five-for-five against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2009.
ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, a sports award from the ICC, in 2015.
Man of the Series awards
Table: Man of the series awards in Test cricket
Anil Kumble has won four Man of Series awards in Test cricket.
# Series Season Performance
1 England in India Test Series 1992/93 16 Runs (3 Matches, 2 Innings); 181–53–416–21 (1×5 WI); 1 Catch
2 New Zealand in India Test Series 1999/00 39 Runs (3 Matches, 3 Innings); 197.4–76–364–20 (2×5 WI, 1×10 WM); 2 Catches
3 Zimbabwe in India Test Series 2001/02 47 Runs (2 Matches, 3 Innings); 134.2–48–291–16 (1×5 WI)
4 Sri Lanka in India Test Series 2005/06 67 Runs (3 Matches, 4 Innings); 138.3–28–374–20 (2×5 WI, 1×10 WM); 2 Catches
Table: Man of the series awards in ODI cricket
Anil kumble has won one Man of Series award in ODI cricket.
# Series Season Performance
1 Sahara Friendship Cup (Pakistan v/s India) 1996 26 Runs(5 Matches & 3 Innings); 44–2–159–13; 3 Catches
Man of the Match awards
Table: Man of the match awards in Test cricket
Anil Kumble has won 10 Man of the match awards in Test cricket.
# Opponent Venue12 Season Performance
1 Sri Lanka KD Singh Babu, Lucknow 1993/94 1st Innings: 4 (1×4); 37–10–69–4
2nd Innings: 27.3–9–59–7; 1 Catch
10+ Wicket Match
2 Pakistan Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi 1998/99 1st Innings: 0; 24.3–4–75–4; 5 Catch
2nd Innings: 15 (2×4); 26.3–9–74–10
10+ Wickets in Match and 10 wickets in an innings
3 New Zealand Green Park, Kanpur 1999/00 1st Innings: 5 Runs; 32.5–12–67–4
10 Wicket Match
4 England Mohali, Punjab 2001/02 1st Innings: 37 (6×4); 19–6–52–2; 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 28.4–6–81–6; 1 Catch
5 Zimbabwe VCA, Nagpur 2001/02 1st Innings: 13* (1×4); 33.5–12–82–4
2nd Innings: 37–15–63–5
6 Australia Chepauk, Chennai 2004/05 1st Innings: 20 (2×4); 17.3–4–48–7; 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 47–8–133–6
10+ Wickets Match
7 Sri Lanka Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi 2005/06 1st Innings: 8 (1×4); 28–6–72–6; 1 Catch
2nd Innings: 36–7–85–4; 1 Catch
10 Wicket Match
8 England Mohali, Punjab 2005/06 1st Innings: 32 (2×4); 29.4–8–76–5
2nd Innings: 29–7–70–4
9 England The Oval, England 2006/07 1st Innings: 110* (2×4); 29.1–7–94–3
2nd Innings: 8* 37–9–123–2
10 Pakistan Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi 2007/08 1st Innings: 24 (3×4); 21.2–6–38–4
2nd Innings: 27.1–8–68–3
Kumble holds the record for the most wickets in a calendar year by an Indian in ODIs with 61 wickets in 1996 (which is also the third-highest total by a bowler of any nationality)
He holds the Indian record of taking most ODI wickets in a particular ground. He took 56 wickets in Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Kumble holds the record of bowling 40850 balls in entire Test career, which is highest for an Indian and second highest overall.
Kumble also holds the record for getting 10 wickets in a single innings of a test match. He is the second one to do this after Jim Laker.