Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999
Exactly 23 years ago on 7 February 1999, Anil Kumble made history by becoming the first Indian and only the second cricketer overall to achieve the remarkable feat of picking all 10 wickets in an innings. Kumble claimed all 10 wickets in the 2nd innings of the second Test against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium (now renamed Arun Jaitely Stadium) in New Delhi. Kumble’s astonishing 10 for 74 in 26.3 overs helped India knock out Pakistan for 207 in the closing innings and win the Test by 212 runs. On the 23rd anniversary of the former Indian captain’s feat, BCCI took to Twitter to refresh the memories. Sharing the highlights of Kumble’s 10 wickets, BCCI wrote: “#OnThisDay in 1999 #TeamIndia spider legend @anilkumble1074 set the stage ablaze, becoming the first Indian to win all 10 wickets in a Test innings. Let’s revisit that sensational performance experience.”
Watch: How Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets in an inning against Pakistan
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— BCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2022
Kumble, is to date the only Indian to pick all 10 wickets in an inning. Only three cricketers in the history of the game have accomplished the rare feat. England’s Jim Laker was the first to do so against Australia, way back in 1956 in Manchester. Kumble was the second and New Zealand left arm spinner Ajaz Patel became the third cricketer last year when he took all 10 wickets in an innings against India in Mumbai. Interestingly, all three bowlers who managed to hit the staggering 10-for are spinners.
In that 1999 match, Pakistan was chasing 420 for the win. Openers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar had given the visitors a boisterous start and hoped for an unlikely victory. However, things changed when Kumble broke the opening partnership of 101 in the 25e over by sacking Afridi for 41. Ijaz Ahmed was LBW for a golden duck of the next ball as the game started to turn towards India.
A few overs later Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf in a space of two deliveries to completely change the complexion of the match.
The legendary Indian leg spinner was unstoppable as he continued to strike at regular intervals to run through the Pakistani batting formation. Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who put up a valiant fight as wickets tumbled on the other side, was the last man to be fired as India won the match comfortably and Kumble wrote his name in the record books.
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