Former Test captain Anil Kumble was on Thursday named the new head coach of the cricket team, the national board announced in Dharamsala.
Here is a look at the spin wizard’s illustrious career from his test debut to retirement.
October,1970: Born in Bangalore, Karnataka.
August,1990: Test debut against England at Old Trafford, Manchester. Bowling first change, he takes 3 for 105 as England rack up 519. No wicket in the second innings means he is ignored for the third Test. Out of the squad for over two years.
April,1990: Makes his ODI debut in Sharjah.
September 1992: Playing for the Rest of India against Ranji Trophy champions Delhi in Irani Trophy in Delhi, Kumble takes 13 for 138. The performance catapults him into the squad for Zimbabwe and South Africa. Takes 18 wickets in four Tests on South Africa leg and three in one Test in Zimbabwe.
February, 1993: Plays his first home Test series, against England, and produces his first series-winning performance. Takes 21 wickets in three Tests, and establishes himself as India’s frontline spinner.
March, 1993: His eight wickets in the match - including 5 for 70 in the second innings - help India to an innings and 13-run victory over Zimbabwe in a one-off Test at the Kotla. In the process, Kumble gets to 50 Test wickets in only his 10th match.
November, 1993: Takes 6/12 against West Indies in Kolkata, the best bowling figures in ODIs by an Indian. It remained so for a decade. The performance helped India win the Hero Cup.
January, 1994: Takes his first 10-wicket haul - -11 for 128 in his 14th Test -- as India beat Sri Lanka in Lucknow by an innings and 119 runs.
October,1995: Takes his 100th Test wicket, that of Martin Crowe, in his 21st Test, in front of his home crowd in Bangalore. Complements his 4 for 39 in the first innings with 5 for 81 in the second, as New Zealand lose inside three days. His 100th, 300th and 400th wickets all come at his home venue.
1996: At the peak of his one-day career, he finished with 61 wickets at 20.24 and an economy rate of 4.06 in the year. Is the leading wicket-taker during the World Cup held in the subcontinent. Takes 105 Test wickets as well, and is named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year.
September, 1998: Becomes the first spinner to take 200 wickets in one-day cricket after removing Zimbabwean Gary Brent. Is only the second Indian to do so.
February, 1999: Becomes only the second bowler, after England’s Jim Laker, to take all 10 wickets in an innings. The performance came against Pakistan at the Kotla as India gain their first Test win over Pakistan in 19 years.
April, 2004: Four wickets on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Rawalpindi help script India’s first-ever series win in Pakistan.
October, 2004: With Simon Katich’s wicket - against Australia in Bangalore, he becomes the second Indian to take 400 wickets. It is his 85th Test.
December, 2004: Goes past Kapil Dev as India’s leading wicket-taker in Tests after trapping Mohammed Rafique leg-before, on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
December, 2005: Playing his 99th Test, he takes 10 wickets in a match for the eighth time in his career, and helps India to a comprehensive 188-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Kotla. Also goes past Muttiah Muralitharan as the bowler with the most caught-and-bowled dismissals.
July, 2006: Bowls India to a historic series victory in the Caribbean, 35 years after they last did so under Ajit Wadekar. Takes 6 for 78 to bowl West Indies out for 219 -- who were chasing 269 --- at the Sabina Park, Kingston.
March, 2007: Announces retirement from ODIs, finishing with 337 wickets in 271 ODIs. His last game is against Bermuda at the World Cup on March 19, where he takes 3 for 38 in India’s 257-run win.
August, 2007: At The Oval against England, scores his maiden Test hundred in his 118th match. In the same match, goes past Australian Glenn McGrath’s 563 Test wickets, moving to No. 3 on the all-time list behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
November, 2007: After Rahul Dravid’s resignation and Sachin Tendulkar’s refusal, he is chosen as the Test captain for the tour of Pakistan. Later, he is chosen to lead the team on the tour to Australia, which proves to be a controversial one.
January, 2008: Becomes the third man to reach 600 Test wickets when he claims the wicket of Andrew Symonds on the second day of the Perth Test.
November, 2008: A wicketless performance in Bangalore, which was accentuated by a shoulder injury, increases pressure on Anil Kumble to hang his boots. Announces retirement after a 132-Test career with 619 wickets to finish the third-highest wicket-taker behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.