Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. (Credits: Getty Images)

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has labelled legendary spinner Anil Kumble, the highest wicket-taker for India as the greatest match-winner India has ever had on Sunday. His record of 619 wickets in tests is the highest for any bowler in India until now and the third-highest wicket-taker overall behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708).

Anil Kumble made his test debut in 1990 against England and played his last game for India in 2008 announcing his retirement against Australia. He captained India for a while and did a decent job in the process. He also managed to coach the Indian team for some time and due to the rift between him and the captain Virat Kohli, he was replaced by Ravi Shastri as India’s head coach.

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Gautam Gambhir. (Photo: Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir Praises Anil Kumble For His Excellence

BCCI shared a video on Twitter to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Anil Kumble taking a ten-wicket haul in a single inning. Gautam Gambhir was quick to reply to the video “Kumble is the greatest match-winner India ever had” Take a bow, legend! @anilkumble 1074. Anil Kumble became the second bowler in the history of cricket After Jim Laker to take a ten-wicket haul in a single inning on February 7, 1999.

He reached the milestone against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi during the second test of the two-match series. BCCI congratulated Kumble with a tweet ” On this Day in 1999, #TeamIndia spin legend @anilkumble1074 became the first Indian bowler and second overall to scalp all the 10 wickets in Test innings.”

Anil Kumble’s devastating Spell Against Pakistan

India set a massive target of 420 for Pakistan to win and Kumble came into the attack when Pakistan openers were cruising at 101 for no loss. Anil Kumble wreaked havoc on the Pakistan batsman and managed to pick up all the ten wickets in the innings. He was unplayable on the day and finished with figures of 10 for 74 from 26.3 overs. His devastating spell won India the game by a margin of 212 runs and was hugely credited for his breathtaking spell.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble [Photo-AFP]
Anil Kumble is currently the head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League.