Happy Birthday Anil Kumble: The Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble, also known as Jumbo, is celebrating his 50th birthday on Saturday. In over 18 years over his career span, former Indian cricketer, coach, commentator, has played Tests and ODIs.
Anil Kumble, popularly known as Jumbo, is considered as the greatest all-time bowlers across the world.
Happy Birthday Anil Kumble: Lesser-known facts about Jumbo
- In 1999, Kumble dismissed all the ten batsmen in a Test match, while playing against Pakistan. As of 2019, Jumbo and England’s Jim Laker are the only players to achieve the feat.
- The right-arm leg spinner claimed 619 wickets in Tests and still remains the third-highest wicket-taker of all time, behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
- Jumbo was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 (Indian Cricket), and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He is one of the greatest spinners of all time.
- He made his first-class debut at the age of just 19, representing Karnataka.
- Before making his Test debut against England in 1990, he was picked up for Austral-Asia Cup. Since then, the right-arm spinner represented the Indian cricket team in more than 132 Tests.
- His ODI best was his six for 12 (six wickets for 12 runs) against the West Indies.
- In 1996 World Cup, he emerged as one of the most successful bowlers, as he played seven matches, bagging 15 wickets at the bowling average of 18.73.
- Kumble has also been awarded Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour in 2005.
- Kumble announced his official retirement from the international cricket in November 2008, while in October 2012, he was appointed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.
- In February 2015, he became the fourth cricketer, to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.
- Between 2012 and 2015, he was a chief mentor for the teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
- In 2015, he was the former head coach of the Indian cricket team.
- Currently, Kumble is the head coach and the director of cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab.