Anil Radhakrishna Kumble is a former professional Indian cricketer who played for the Indian National team. He also was India’s national team coach from 2016 to 2017.

He was a right-arm leg spin bowler and a right-hand batsman. In both Test and One day internationals he was a leading wicket taker for India. He took 619 wickets in Test cricket and 337 wickets in ODIs for India.

Playing Career

Role Bowler
Height / weight 1.84 m /
Born 17 Oct 1970
Nationality India India
Nickname Jumbo
Team History
1090 royal challengers bangalore Royal Challengers 2008 - 2010
Karnataka Cricket Team Karnataka 1989 - 2008
55 india national cricket team India 1990 - 2007
Surrey County Cricket Club Surrey County 2006
Leicestershire County Cricket Club Leicestershire County 2000
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Northamptonshire County 1995

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad in November 1989 taking 4 wickets. Basically he is a right arm leg spinner who has an unorthodox style and is well known for his flipper. In the initial part of this career he was a medium pacer and hence he can bowl a useful faster delivery.

Rather than spinning the ball he relies more on bounce, variations and precision. He was chosen in the India Under-19s when they played against Pakistan Under-19s and in the first Test he scored 113 while in the second Test he scored 76. His One day International debut took place on 25 April 1990 in the Australia Cup at Sharjah against Sri Lanka.

When England toured India in 1992 in the three Test matches he took 21 wickets at an average of 19.8. In the initial 10 matches he took his first 50 wickets and this is the quickest way in which an Indian bowler has reaches this milestone.

Kumble had an overall consistent career from 1995 to 2005. On June 11 2006, Kumble passed Courtney Walsh on 520 Test wickets to take 4th place. After returning to India from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, he announced his retirement from ODI Cricket on March 30, 2007.

He continued to play in the Test matches for India and eventually decided to retire on 2nd November 2008 from Test Cricket, List-A and first class Cricket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore picked him up for the Indian Premier League in 2008. Like always he worked wonders for the RCB team and won them many matches all alone. He even led the side in the season. He retired in 2011.

Coaching career

Kumble was appointed India’s head coach in 2016, but only lasted one year, resigning due to differences with captain Virat Kohli. He’d later coach Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

Career Highlights

In 1995 he won the Arjuna Award which is a sports award from the Government of India. In 2005 he was awarded a civilian award from the Government of India called as Padma Shri.

In 1996 he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

He was added to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2015.

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  • Luffy

    I am new to Cricket. However it is not surprising to see someone hailed as one of the best. Every field has one. Regardless it is a fact that everything is a young man's game. Him hanging up the towel meant it is now time to make way for the new generation.

  • Sylvia

    The legendary Anil Kumble will forever remain in my greatest players list. It's sad he had to retire because of old age.

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    Storm S

    I had the pleasure of watching Anil Kumble playing for Royal Challengers from 2008-2010. I have to say his performance was always nothing short of impressive!!

  • Anderson

    Kumble begun playing at the international level back in 1990. That's very impressive as most cricketers today were just being born at around that time.

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