Born on Oct 17, 1970 in Bangalore, switched from pace bowling to spin very early due to a jerky action and after his debut aged 19 in 1990 quickly became the pivot around which India began dominating home matches on spin-friendly pitches.
In 118 Test matches, Kumble has taken 566 wickets at an average of 28.73. Has scored 2,212 runs with one century and four fifties.
The third highest wicket-taker in Test history with 566 scalps, behind Australia’s Shane Warne and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.
Became only the second bowler in Test history to claim all 10 wickets in a test innings in 1999, emulating England spinner Jim Laker, to bowl India to a series-levelling win over Pakistan in New Delhi.
Adjudged Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1996.
Led India in one one-day match, a four-wicket win over England in 2002.
Showed courage on the 2002 West Indies tour when he braved a broken jaw after being struck while batting to return and dismiss Brian Lara before flying home for surgery.
Retired from one-day cricket early this year after India’s first-round exit from the World Cup in March to finish with 337 wickets at 30.89 from 271 matches.
His 26 caught and bowled wickets are a record in Test cricket
Has a prominent intersection in Bangalore named after him. The honour was conferred on him in 1999.
Happy hunting Grounds
48 wickets in 5 Tests at Ferozeshah Kotla, New Delhi
45 wickets in 6 Tests at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
38 wickets in 7 Tests at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
36 wickets in 7 Tests at PCA Stadium, Mohali
35 wickets in 7 Tests at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore