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Odisha Finance and Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari greets former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble during 22nd Odisha Knowledge Hub Series Lecture, in Bhubaneswar.

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Kings XI Punjab coach Anil Kumble and Delhi Capitals owner Parth Jindal share a light moment during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 player auction, in Kolkata.

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Anil Kumble acknowledges the crowd during a grand parade of India's former cricket captains during the first day of the second test match between India and Bangladesh, in Kolkata.

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From right, India's former cricket players Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and V. V. S. Laxman join in a talk show during a break on the first day of the second test match between India and Bangladesh, in Kolkata.

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Former cricket captain Anil Kumble, along with his family, shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting votes for Assembly elections in Bengaluru.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella waves as former Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble looks on, during an event in New Delhi.

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Virat Kohli had excellent relations with Ravi Shastri, but not with Kumble

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India's head coach Anil Kumble, second right, speaks to players during a training session at the Oval cricket ground in London. India are due to play Pakistan in the ICC Trophy final cricket match at the Oval on Sunday.

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India captain Virat Kohli, left, and coach Anil Kumble look on during a practice session in the nets ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Anil Kumble at the nets in Birmingham

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India's captain Virat Kohl, right, speaks with head coach Anil Kumble during a training session at the Oval cricket ground in London. India are due to play Sri Lanka in an ICC Trophy cricket match at the Oval.

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India cricket captain Virat Kohli, 2nd right, and coach Anil Kumble, 2nd left, attend a practice session in the nets ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy Group B match against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble at a training camp in Bangalore

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Head coach Kumble is with the players

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Coach Anil Kumble interacts with skipper Virat Kohli at a practice session before the third Test match against Australia, in Ranchi.

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Indian team coach Anil Kumble addresses a press conference before the third test match against India at the JSCA stadium, in Ranchi.

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Indian Test Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli with team coach Anil Kumble, former cricketers Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, his coach Rajkumar Sharma, author of the book Vijay Lokapally at the book launch of Kohli's biography 'Driven', in New Delhi.

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Indian Cricket coach Anil Kumble addresses the media at Eden Garden, in Kolkata.

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Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, vice-captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble chat ahead of the team's training session at Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Indian cricket team will be playing two T20 Internationals against West Indies for the first time in the United States.

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RCB's Anil Kumble and RR's Rahul Dravid arrive to attend the IPL 2013 players auction in Chennai.

Bowler Anil Kumble, right makes a appeal, with Mohammad Kaif, left, during the one day cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Oval, London, Sunday June 29, 2002.

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Anil Kumble celebrates after he dismissed Pakistan's Younis Khan during the third day of the first cricket test match between India and Pakistan, in New Delhi.

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Captain Anil Kumble is lifted up by players on the final day of the third test cricket match between India and Australia, in New Delhi on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Kumble, the third most successful bowler in test history with 619 wickets, announced his retirement at the end of the third test against Australia.

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A heavily bandaged Anil Kumble during the Antigua Test against West Indies.

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At 36 years 297 days, Anil Kumble became the oldest Indian to score a maiden hundred

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Anil Kumble's appointment as India coach may have been controversial but cricket greats welcomed it. Here's what they say.

Indian Cricket Team Head Coach Anil Kumble speaks during a press conference on the first day of a preparatory camp ahead of the West Indies series, in Bengaluru.

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Newly Appointed Indian Cricket Team Head Coach Anil Kumble with his wife and kids at his residence in Bengaluru.

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Never In A Hole Authorities at the upgraded golf course at Kardihallikaval in Karnataka invite three cricket legends at its inauguration. No big deal. But spare a look at Rahul Dravid's grip on the club. He's used it for those cover drives, pulls, late cuts and (especially) on drives. Can Kumble and Srinath match him grip for grip to impart some pace and spin?

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Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj confers honorary doctorate on former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble during the 93rd convocation of Mysore University in Mysore.

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Mumbai Indians mentor Anil Kumble with Harbhajan Singh during a practice session in Mumbai.

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Happy Ending: A Group Photograph Usually the preserve of painted pretence, rarely has this page been graced by the self-effacing humility of an international legend. Rahul Dravid, seen here at his felicitation in Bangalore, was awash in tribute and praise, and was profuse in his gratitude. On stage were his parents, brother, and mates Kumble and Srinath.

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The latest picture of cricketer Yuvraj Singh with former Indian skipper and spin legend Anil Kumble, posted by him on his twitter page. Singh is undergoing chemotherapy for a malignant lung tumour in the US. Yuvraj Singh tweeted the picture saying,"It was so nice of jumbo to surprise me! Great motivation and a happy day spent with the legend!"

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Former Indian captain Anil Kumble comes out after attending a BCCI meeting in New Delhi. Kumble today tendered his resignation from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy.

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Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne, Anil Kumble (L) and RCB owner Vijay Mallya (R) at the IPL 4 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals which delayed due to rain at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.

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Former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev (L) and Anil Kumble during an event in Mumbai.

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Former West Indies' cricketer Brian Lara and former cricketer Anil Kumble watch participants during a cricket clinic for young talents in Bangalore.

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Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, interacts with Anil Kumble, the newly elected President of KSCA in Bangalore.

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Royal Challenger Bangalore's skipper Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid share a light moment during their practice session for IPL 3 match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore's Anil Kumble appeals unsuccessfully for the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings' George Bailey during the IPL 3 match at Chinnaswami Stadium in Bangalore.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore's Vinay Kumar with Anil Kumble and team mates celebrates the wicket of Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina during the Indian Premier League 3 match at Chinnaswami Stadium in Bangalore.

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Bangalore Royal Challengers batsman Jacques Kallis greeted by team captain Anil Kumble after the victory against Rajasthan Royals at the IPL season-3 Champions League T20 in Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Royals Challengers Crush Rajasthan Royals by 10 Wickets.

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Anil Kumble reacts as his appeal was rejected by the Umpire during the first Test Match between India and England, at PCA cricket stadium, in Mohali. Kumble was awarded with man of the Match for taking 6 wickets for 81 runs. India won by 10 wickets.

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Anil Kumble appeals unsuccessfully for the dismissal of Andy Flower of Zimbabwe on the first day of the second cricket test match between India and Zimbabwe in New Delhi. Zimbabwe scored 260 for 6 at the end of the day.

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Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar smile after their victory over Zimbabwe, during the award ceremony after the first Test match between India and Zimbabwe, in Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. India won by one innings and 101 runs.

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26 Aug 2002: The Indian team congratulates Anil Kumble after he trapped Robert Key, LBW during the third Test Match against England at Headingley, Leeds, England. India won the match.

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Anil Kumble dives to catch Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq on the second day of the second Test in Lahore. Pakistan rode on centuries from Imran Farhat and Inzamam to set the stage for a huge first innings lead over India. The hosts were 355 for three at stumps in reply to India's first innings score of 287.

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Anil Kumble celebrates the dismissal of Jason Gillespie with teammate Yuvraj Singh during the first day of the second India-Australia Test match at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Kumble, while claiming his 25th five-wicket haul, took 7 wickets for 48 as the Aussies collapsed to be all out for 235. The Australians were cruising along comfortably at 136 for no loss before Kumble dramatically turned the game on its head. However, the Australians ended the day with a positive note with Shane Warne dismissing Yuvraj Singh to equal Muthiah Muralitharan's record of 532 wickets.

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Virender Sehwag congratulates teammate Anil Kumble after he took the wicket of Jason Gillespie during the second day of the fourth Test in Mumbai. India clawed back after a miserable batting display to restrict Australia's first innings lead to 99 runs and keep themselves afloat in the final Test. After being bundled out for a paltry 104, the Indian spinners led by Kumble hit back on a viciously turning track to dismiss the visitors for 203 in their first innings. Kumble claimed his 27th five-wicket haul in Tests while left-arm spinner Murali Kartik chipped in with four wickets on a dramatic day which saw as many as 18 wickets fall.

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Sachin Tendulakr congratulates Anil Kumble as South Africa's Zander de Bruyn walks back to the pavallion during the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test match at the Eden Garden's Kolkata. Dismissing the entire South African squad for 222 runs in their seconds innings, Kumble and Harbhajan gave India a much awaited first home series win in two years. Harbhajan claimed seven wickets but it was Kumble who made the match memorable after equalling Kapil Dev's Indian record of 434 test wickets. India comfortably crossed the victory target of 112 runs to win the match by eight wickets.

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Thursday 2 DecemberIndia claimed its first home series win in two years after the Indian 'spin-twins' Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh demolished the entire South African batting order for 222 runs in their second innings in the second test match. While Harbhajan claimed 7 wickets in the match, Kumble equaled former captain Kapil Dev's Indian record of 434 test wickets. But what is significant is that he took 41 tests less than the great Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century did. Soon after that, though, there was disappointment for Kumble and VVS Laxman who have both been "rested" for the ODI team to tour Bangladesh, though the tour itself seems under threat now because of security concerns.

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Indian cricketers congratulate Anil Kumble on taking his 436th Test wicket on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. The 34-year-old leg spinner became the highest wicket-teaker in Indian cricket history when he trapped Muhammad Rafique leg before. Kumble achieved the milestone in 91 Test matches whereas Kapil Dev had taken 434 wickets in 131 Tests. Fast-bowler Irfan Pathan also registered his first five wicket haul. However the hosts managed to recover from a precarious 50-5 before folding up for 184 in their first innings.

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Friday 10 DecemberRecords tumbled even before the match against Bangladesh had commenced. Rahul Dravid broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of most number of consecutive Tests played by an Indian. Then Kumble overtook Kapil Dev's 434 wickets in as many as 40 less tests than the Wisden Indian cricketer of the century. Irfan pathan took not just his first five-wicket haul in the first innings but also followed it up with 6 wickets in the second. Then Sachin equalled Sunil Gavaskar's 34 test centuries with a patient 248 not out. And to top it all, Zaheer Khan blasted 75 runs, the highest ever in test history for any country (the previous highest had been 68 not out by Richard Colling of New Zealand in 1972-73). He along with Sachin missed the world record for the last wicket but their partnership of 133 did better the Indian best of 109 between Ghulam Ahmed and Hemu Adhikari in 1952-53. Oh, yes, by the way, India won the match by an innings and 140 runs.

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Sunday 20 March Anil Kumble jumps in the air to catch the ball during the fifth day of the second Test against Pakistan in Kolkata. Kumble once again proved to be Pakistan's nemesis as he ripped through their batting line up and help India record a thumping 195-run victory at the Eden Gardens. "Jumbo" claimed seven for 63 for his 29th five-wicket haul as Pakistan, chasing a daunting target of 422, were shot out for 226 soon after tea. Vice-captain Rahul Dravid was named Man-of-the-Match for his two separate centuries in two innings. The hosts now lead the three-Test series 1-0 with the third and final Test to be played in Bangalore from Mar 24-28.

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Harbhajan Singh practices as Anil Kumble looks on, a day before the second Test against Pakistan in Kolkata.

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Anil Kumble
His dignity and statesman-like bearing after India's defeat to Australia at Sydney enhanced his reputation. Then India stunned Australia at Perth, and Kumble grew further in stature. Through the year, though, as his form declined, he struggled to take wickets, and Dhoni's emergence as an excellent alternative as captain brought about his hasty end.

You Should Remember It Even Bees Saal Baad...

On the third day of the third cricket Test match between India and Australia at the Ferozshah Kotla grounds in Delhi, a swarm of bees invaded the playing arena in the post-lunch session. The Indian fielders and the Australian batsmen hit the ground, but the maverick New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden was quick to get up and even quicker to hit the ground once again. Also See: A Video Clip

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How well and with what grace the team has transitioned from one captain to another is perhaps best exemplified by the way the five captains played together and way the new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni handled his two former captains playing under him (he gallantly defended Rahul Dravid's abysmal form) and the way he invited Anil Kumble -- captain of the side till the last Test match -- to join him in receiving the Border-Gavaskar trophy. For the record, he captained both the Tests in the series India won 2-0. Anil Kumble and Saurav Ganguly could not have asked for a better going-away presents.

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Four More Overs Ferozeshah Kotla, New Delhi, November 2, 2008. The last day of the Test match in which Laxman and Gambhir hit double tons. But it would be best remembered as Anil Kumble's last Test Also See: 'I Could Not Have Given 100 Percent'

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A flashback

And then Laxman took over from Zak. After receiving his man of the match award, he was to say, "He has been a great role model. All of us are really proud to play with him. Even his last wicket, if you see, we were dropping sitters and he took that difficult catch."

One last spell on his favourite ground, in front of his adoring fans. His home away from home. It wasn’t much. Four overs, sprinkled with long hops, the odd shooter, but mostly consistent stuff. It didn’t really matter of course. It was just India’s greatest ever spinner going out on his terms.

One last time back with his team. When he went to bowl his last over, Tendulkar took the cap from him to give it to umpire Bowden. Kumble would later say: "When he took the cap he said, 'I'll do it this one last time'. It all started here in 1999 [when Kumble took 10 wickets] when he started taking the cap and said, 'You'll get a wicket in this over'. And it has continued till today. Unfortunately I didn't get a wicket in the last over."

K. Srikant was to later reveal: "A lot of players in the team, I cannot tell you the names, were in tears when he told them his decision. It was an emotional moment for the team and me." Here, even Rahul Dravid managed a smile.

Rahul Dravid had his glasses on. Zaheer Khan, Zak, lent him a hand.

And then, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the man with the strongest shoulders, who took over the job.

Here he is, walking in to bowl one last time in a Test for India

And then the family walked around the ground where he had taken all the 10 wickets in 1999

He looked happy. But clearly wanted to feel the ground beneath his feet.

Hear it from Rahul Dravid: "He is an extraordinary man with extraordinary career. It's been a privilege to play with him. It was emotional for all of us but it's a great time to celebrate the farewell of one of India's greatest cricketers."

One last wave of the Test cap he prized so much.

And the final goodbye

When he came back to the ground, it was with the family: wife Chetana, son Mayas and daugheter Svasti

That's how he would be remembered. As Sachin Tendulkar recalled, Kumble with his head wrapped in bandage, came back to bowl in a Test match against the West Indies -- to prise out the wicket of Brian Lara. A day prior to his retirement, he returned from hospital with 11 stitches on his small finger in the left hand to bowl at the Australians, and even took a fine return catch in the process.

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With Dravid putting in his papers and Sachin turning down the offer, it was Anil Kumble who threw in his hat in the ring for the second most important job in the country. And when he was named India's Test captain, it was the first time India had separate captains for ODIs and Tests. And when he led an Indian Test cricket team for the first time--after 17 years and 118 Tests--a world record--many wondered why a possibility as obvious as Kumble leading the Test team had not occurred to anyone before. He led from the front, in his first series, ending with 18 wickets at 26.50 and 5/60 as his best. And in the first match against Australia, he has already taken 5-84 in the first innings as we write... Also See: Method Act

Thumbs Up! March 11: Anil Kumble celebrates his 500th Test wicket during the third day of the second Test against England at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. The 35-year old Karnataka leg spinner became the first Indian and only the fifth bowler in the world to reach the landmark of 500 Test wickets when he trapped Stephen Harmison leg before as he grabbed the last three England wickets off only four balls. 'Jumbo' reached the milestone with the least number of matches, 105, after Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (600) who achieved the feat in 87 matches.

Dada, VVS and Zaheer Khan were not the only comeback kids, nor was Sreesanth. There was the old warhorse, the unsung hero Anil Kumble who finally helped wipe out the tail, and finished with 3 wickets in the second and 2 in the first innings.

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Anil Kumble stood tall by surpassing Kapil Dev's decade-old record of 434 Test wickets to become the highest wicket-taker for India. The 34-year-old achieved the feat when he had Muhammad Rafique trapped leg before on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh. While Kumble achieved the milestone in just 91 Tests, Kapil had taken 434 wickets in 131 Tests.

Anil Kumble celebrates with Parthiv Patel as Adam Gilchrist walks back, bowled for 43.

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Anil Kumble runs towards his teammates after taking the wicket of Brad Williams. Kumble's five-wicket haul pegged back the hosts as they were bowled out for 556 after starting the second day at 400 for 5.

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Friday October 31, 2008
Plenty happened at Ferozshah Kotla during the third cricket Test match between India and Australia: Double centuries by Laxman and Gambhir, Gambhir's suspension after the elbow gate, five wickets for Sehwag, Anil Kumble announcing his retirement. But there was something else too which may as well be worth remembering Bees Saal Baad: on the third day of the match, a swarm of bees invaded the playing arena in the post-lunch session. The Indian fielders and the Australian batsmen hit the ground, but the maverick New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden was quick to get up and even quicker to hit the ground once again. The photo shows Australian batsman Matthew Hayden, left, umpire Billy Bowden, center, and Indian captain Anil Kumble ducking away...

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Sunday November 2, 2008
No theatrics, no showmanship, just another servant of Indian cricket quietly putting his tools back in place, wiping the workbench clean and turning out the lights as he quietly bid farewell to us. A bandaged broken left hand, a dodgy shoulder, years and years of forgotten, and sometimes unrewarded toil. So many overs, on so many unforgiving pitches, relentless accuracy, relentless focus, and now it all ends. Not with a bang, but with a graceful bow. Also See: 'I Could Not Have Given 100 Per Cent...'

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Thursday January 17, 2008
Indian captain Anil Kumble became the first Indian bowler and the third in the world to reach the milestone of 600 wickets in the third cricket Test against Australia. Kumble achieved the milestone in his 124th match when he had Andrew Symonds caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip just after tea break on the second day of the third cricket Test against Australia at WACA.
Kumble's 600 wickets came in 124 matches at an average of 28.68. Only Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (723) and Shane Warne (708) of Australia have taken as many wickets ahead of him. Kumble's maximum number of wickets are also against Australia: 104 in 17 matches at an average of 27.50 "You don't think of such a landmark when you start, but it is a big number. I never dreamt of reaching here," Kumble said after the second day's play at WACA. That was not all, for the week also saw his team going on to record a memorable win in the same test match.

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There are some who excel only under challenges. Indian captain Anil Kumble, who became the first Indian bowler and the third in the world to reach the milestone of 600 wickets in the third cricket Test against Australia, is certainly one of those. He achieved the milestone in his 124th match when he had Andrew Symonds caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip just after tea break on the second day of the third cricket Test against Australia at WACA. Symonds edged the ball which hit Dhoni's gloves and went up in the air before Dravid pouched it safely. The Australian middle order batsman stood his ground while umpire Asad Rauf took some time to raise his finger even as the appeal grew louder. And then it was celebration time.

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All's well that ends well? The selectors have retained Anil Kumble as India's Test captain for the tour of Australia and pencilled in the pace trio of Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and VRV Singh for the third cricket Test against Pakistan starting on Saturday, December 8, 2007. This was of course possible after BCCI resolved its long-running face-off with chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar and things seem to be looking up as Gary Kirsten's appointment as India's cricket coach has also been confirmed.

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Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble discusses with his team mates Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh along with bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad during practice session at Eden Garden in Kolkata. India is leading 1-0 in the three match series.

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Monday November 26, 2007
Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman arrive for the awards presentations ceremony after India won the first cricket test match against Pakistan, in New Delhi. Anil Kumble's tenure as India captain got off to a perfect start at his happy hunting ground as the hosts thumped Pakistan by six wickets in the first Test to go 1-0 up in the three-match cricket series. As an icing on the cake for the veteran leg-spinner, who claimed seven wickets in the match besides scoring a defiant 24 runs in the first innings, he was also named as the Man of the Match. Apart from Kumble, it was the other 'Buddha Brigade', topped by Laxman, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid who pitched in usefully, helping India win the match with a true team-effort. This was only the second instance of India successfully chasing down a 200-plus target at home. The first time they did it was in the Mumbai Test against Australia in 1964-65.

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Indian test cricket team captain Anil Kumble, with chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar pose in front of pictures of former Indian cricket team captains. The selectors remained in news because of their stand-off with the BCCI over the gag order issued by the latter on writing columns or talking to the media. Vengsarkar and a few of his colleagues had threatened to quit their posts as selectors. "The selectors have been made to look like jokers. While we have been banned from interacting with the media, the BCCI officials have been selectively leaking news. We cannot compromise with our dignity," one of the selector had thundered. But as we write, comes the news that Vengsarkar has complied with the BCCI directive and has stopped his column for the newspaper "Sakal".

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After Dravid and Sachin refusing, it was not Ganguly's turn. Nor Dhoni's. The selectors sprung a surprise by naming Anil Kumble as the captain -- a world record for having played the maximum number of test matches before being appointed captain -- for three Tests against Pakistan. Kumble's commitment to the team has never been in doubt. Witness this photograph from 2002 against West Indies at Barbados in 2002 when he went on to bowl despite a broken jaw -- and took Lara’s wicket as well...

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Friday 30 March
Anil Kumble looks on after announcing his retirement from one-day cricket, in Bangalore. Thirty-six year old Kumble, India's most successful bowler in ODI cricket has announced his retirement bringing the curtain down on his career in this variety of game but making it clear he would be available for the Test matches. The leg-spinner has played in 271 ODIs after making his debut in April 1990 and has 337 ODI wickets at an average of 30.89, and also boasts of the best ODI figures by an Indian bowler of six wickets for 12 runs. The expected announcement came two days after his return from the disastrous World Cup campaign in the West Indies where India failed to make it to the Super Eight stage.

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Anil Kumble, left, is driven out of the international airport as a security official prevents photographers from taking pictures in Bangalore. With a heavy security blanket thrown around them, India's fallen heroes sneaked home in the dark of night after their disastrous campaign in the World Cup. Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were the first to touch down an hour before midnight at the Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi while skipper Rahul Dravid and his Bangalore teammates Kumble and Robin Uthappa also reached home early morning. Unlike four years ago when they returned to a hero's welcome after reaching the final in South Africa, there was neither a huge fan gathering nor any Board official to receive the players. Instead, present at the terminal were hordes of mediamen and security personnel who were there to provide adequate protection to the players against irate fans.

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Saturday 11 March
Anil Kumble celebrates his 500th Test wicket during the third day of the second Test match against England at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. The 35-year old Karnataka leg spinner became the first Indian and only the fifth bowler in the world to reach the landmark of 500 Test wickets when he trapped Stephen Harmison leg before as he grabbed the last three England wickets off only four balls. 'Jumbo' reached the milestone with the least number of matches, 105, after Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (600) who achieved the feat in 87 matches. On the last day of the match on Monday, Kumble, along with Munaf Patel, snapped up four wickets each to dismiss the visitors for a paltry 181 in their second innings after which Virender Sehwag marked his return to form with a blistering unbeaten 76 to help India win the match and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

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Pakistan's Younis Khan completes a run as Anil Kumble reacts during the first day of their first Test in Lahore. Younis slammed a sparkling unbeaten 147 as Pakistan gained control after laying the foundation for a mammoth first innings total with 326 for two at the end of the day's play. Younis first teamed up with opener Shoaib Malik (59) to put on 124 runs for the second wicket and then consolidated the position for the home team with an unfinished 190-run stand with Mohammad Yousuf on a placid track at the Gaddafi Stadium. Earlier, ending days of speculation, Sourav Ganguly was included in the Indian squad in place of opener Gautam Gambhir.

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Monday 9 January
Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble sign autographs for their young Pakistani fans on the third day of a three day long practice match between India and Pakistan A team in Lahore. The Indian team is in Pakistan to play 3 test and 5 one day international cricket matches during their seven week tour. Meanwhile, the ministry of external affairs has said that there was no plan for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan for any one the cricket matches in the ongoing series in that country. Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf had earlier said in a television interview that he would invite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to watch one of the matches in order to take forward the peace process between the two countries. The Pakistani Foreign Office later clarified that an invitation to Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan is already pending and it is up to him to decide whether he could time his visit to watch one of the India-Pakistan cricket matches.

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Indian skipper Rahul Dravid congratulates Anil Kumble as they celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lankan Tillakeratne Dilshan along with other teammates on the last day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi. Kumble produced another memorable display of spin bowling at the Feroze Shah Kotla as India snubbed a late fightback to record a thumping 188-run win and take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Kumble returned with four for 85 as the Lankans were dismissed for 247.

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