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Kumble becomes third bowler to claim 600 Test wickets

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2008 16:49 IST

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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 in Perth on Thursday.

Kumble achieved the record just after the tea break when he had Andrew Symonds caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip.

Symonds edged the ball, which hit Dhoni's gloves and went up in the air before Dravid pouched it safely.

Symonds stood his ground while umpire Asad Rauf took some time to raise his finger even as the appeal grew louder. When the decision finally came in India's favour, Kumble heaved a sigh of relief amidst the applause from the crowd.

In a friendly gesture, Adam Gilchrist shook hands with Kumble and congratulated him. Kumble's 600 wickets came in 124 matches at an average of 28.68. He is the third bowler after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (723) and Shane Warne (708) of Australia to reach the milestone.

Interestingly, in his career Kumble has captured most number of wickets against Australia. He has taken 104 Australian scalps in 17 matches at an average of 27.5.