Anil Kumble
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Last Update on: July 12th, 2023 at 04:23 pm

Indian legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble said that he made the decision to head back home after suffering a broken jaw against the West Indies back in 2002. Anil Kumble revealed that he decided to take the field the next day, which shocked his wife, Chetana.

Anil Kumble suffered a blow to the jaw while playing a bouncer from West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon in Antigua. The veteran spinner managed to bowl 14 consecutive overs with a bandage wrapped around his head and picked up the wicket of Brian Lara.

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She Arranged For All Of That In Bangalore – Anil Kumble

In an interview with Jio Cinema, Anil Kumble recalled conversations with his wife, Chethana, and explained that she helped arrange for his surgery after his return to India.

“I told my wife, Chethana and I called her up. When we spoke, I said, look I know I have to come home because I just need surgery. So, she arranged for all of that in Bangalore,” Kumble told JioCinema.

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“…And as I dropped off the call, I just told her that look I’ll go and bowl, but she thought probably I was just joking. I don’t think she even took it seriously. What’s he saying?” he added.

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I Thought It Was My Chance – Anil Kumble

The former Indian captain said that it was his responsibility to contribute to the team by taking wickets, given his role as the only spinner in the lineup.

“So, when I went back to the dressing room, I saw Sachin bowling because he was the only guy in the team who could bowl and then Wavell Hinds, I think was playing I don’t remember somebody else was batting,” he further stated.

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“And I thought it was my chance. I have to go and get a couple of wickets. If we can get West Indies three or four down, end of day two or three. I think if you can get them out, then maybe, we have a chance to win the game. That was the only thought. So, I told Andrew Leipus – get me out there,” he concluded.

Anil Kumble was the leading wicket-taker for India in the longer format of the game. The 52-year-old picked up 619 wickets in red-ball cricket in 132 matches. He was the only Indian bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings.

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