Kumble breaks into top 10 list
India's Anil Kumble joined the ranks of the Test greats with an eight-wicket haul during the fourth Test at the SCG that propelled him into the top 10 most successful bowlers of all time.india Updated: Jan 06, 2004 09:30 IST
India's Anil Kumble joined the ranks of the Test greats with an eight-wicket haul during the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground that propelled him into the top 10 most successful bowlers of all time and spun Australia out of contention on Monday.
Kumble returned 8/141 in 46.5 overs, taking the first four wickets to arrest Australia's counter-attacking start in reply to India's 705 for seven declared.
He then wiped out the tail — including the last three wickets in 11 balls — after a rearguard stand between Simon Katich (125) and Jason Gillespie (47) had given the Australians a glimmer of hope.
The Australians were dismissed for 474, 231 runs in arrears on the first innings.
Kumble has increased his career haul to 378 wickets in 81 Tests with 20 wickets so far this series, despite missing the first match in Brisbane. The 33-year-old leg-spinner came back into the selection frame when off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was sidelined with finger problems.
"It's good to get back and take some wickets and it's pleasing to do it in such a big game," Kumble said.
He's taken five wickets in an innings 23 times and is one of only two bowlers to ever take all 10 wickets in one Test innings.
He took 10/74 against Pakistan in 1999 to register the second-best figures of all time behind Jim Laker, who took 10/53 for England against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956.