Rahul Dravid bowls into the nets during a training session.© Twitter
Anil Kumble made history 23 years ago on 7 February 1999, becoming the first Indian and only second ever cricketer to record all 10 wickets in an innings. Kumble rode past Pakistan’s batting order in the second innings of the second Test game at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium (now renamed Arun Jaitley Stadium) in New Delhi. Even though Kumble retired more than a decade ago, fans still remembered his amazing performance and praised him on Twitter on Monday. The BCCI also took to social media, where he showed India head coach Rahul Dravid practicing some deliveries in the nets, captioning it as: “Celebrating the 23rd birthday of @anilkumble1074’s 10-74”.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2022
Only three cricketers have been able to achieve this ridiculous feat in cricket history; Jim Laker, Kumble and Ajaz Patel.
England’s Laker was the first to take wickets in an inning, taking so against Australia in 1956.
After Kumble, Ajaz did the same last year when he took all 10 wickets in an innings vs India in Mumbai.
Also, all three bowlers who have achieved this feat are spinners.
In that match in 1999, Pakistan chased 420 to win the match. Openers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar got the visitors off to a fantastic start. They were in a good position, but Kumble had other plans. He ended the opening partnership of 101 in the 25th over by taking the wicket from Afridi.
On the next delivery, he sent Ijaz Ahmed away for a golden duck.
After a few overs, the legendary spinner also sent Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf back to the pavilion in a space of two deliveries. These two wickets changed the outcome of the match and the tide slowly turned for India’s side, who won the match and tied the series 1-1.
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