Anil Kumble

Role Bowler
Born Oct 17, 1970
Nationality India India
Nickname nobowler
Team History
Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers 2008 - 2010
Karnataka Cricket Team Karnataka 1989 - 2008
India National Cricket Team India 1990 - 2007

Anil Radhakrishna Kumble is a professional Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian National team. He is a right-arm leg spin bowler and a right-hand batsman. In both Test and One day internationals he is at present the leading wicket taker for India. He has taken more than 600 wickets in Test cricket.

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. In 2011 he did not represent the side as he was selected as the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. It would create conflicts and would raise questions on him and hence sacrificed his place in the playing XI. Still he is shown his full support to the team as a mentor and was seen in the dug out of the team during the matches.

Career Highlights

In 1995 he won the Arjuna Award which is a sports award from the Government of India.

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

In 2005 he was awarded a civilian award from the Government of India called as Padma Shri.

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  • Luffy luffy - 4 months ago

    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.

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  • Sylvia Sylvia - 4 months ago

    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 Storm S - 4 months ago

    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!!

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  • Anderson Anderson - 4 months ago

    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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  • Shantel Shantel - 4 months ago

    His three awards in 1995, 1996 and 2005 go to show how much of a good player he was during his career. We are lucky to have witnessed a legend like Kumble in action within our lifetimes.

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  • Louis b Louis B - 4 months ago

    Anil Kumble belongs in the cricket hall of fame! He has inspired several young people myself included to love the sport of Cricket.

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  • Teddy b Teddy B - 4 months ago

    When Anil Kumbe retired in 2007 it was a big blow to Cricket. Being one of the greats, many people miss his great gameplay and flair.

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  • Daphne Daphne - 4 months ago

    When you talk of the 90s Kumble's name stands out in cricket. A lot of young cricketers look up to him as a source of inspiration.

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  • Oliver t Oliver T - 4 months ago

    Anil Kumbe is a true legend in the Sport of Cricket. I wish he was still actively playing.

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  • Patricia Patricia - 4 months ago

    The civilian award he won from the Government of India in 2005 was well deserved. It just goes to show how much of an impact he has made in Cricket.

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