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Kumble joins 500-wicket club

The leg spinner became the first Indian to claim 500 wkts in Test cricket, writes Rajneesh Gupta.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 10:15 IST
Rajneesh Gupta
Rajneesh Gupta

Leg spinnerAnil Kumbleon Saturday became the first Indian and the fifth bowler in the world to capture 500 Test wickets when he dismissed Stephen Harmison on the third day of the second Test against England at Mohali.

The landmark wicket came in his 105th Test, since his debut against England in Manchester in 1990.

It makes him the second senior-most player in the Indian team after Sachin Tendulkar who made his Test debut in 1989.

Kumble took two successive wickets - Geraint Jones and Harmison - to reach the much-awaited landmark.

Congratulate Jumbo on his 500-wicket feat

Kumble, 35, has now joined the elite '500-wicket club' that also comprises leader Shane Warne of Australia (659 wickets), Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (600), Australian Glenn McGrath (542) and retired West Indies speedster Courtney Walsh (519).

Here's a look atthe career highlights of the lanky leg-spinner:

One of the two bowlers to have claimed all ten wickets in an innings – 10 for 74 against Pakistan at Delhi in 1998-99.Jim Laker of England is the other one to achieve the same feat.

Holds the world record of dismissing most batsmen caught and bowled (25) in Test cricket.

Has dismissed # 3 batsmen in Test cricket on as many as 60 occasions – a record for any spinner in Test cricket.

Has taken five-wicket innings hauls against 8 countries. Only the second bowler in Test cricket after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan to do so.

His tally of 316 wickets is the second highest by any bowler at home soil after Muttiah Muralitharan’s 373.

Took at least a wicket in each of his first 68 Tests in which he had a bowl.

Is the only bowler in Test cricket to dismiss a double century maker on as many as5 occasions.

Took his 100th, 300th and 400th wicket at his home ground - Bangalore. No other bowler has taken multiple of 100 wickets3 times at the same ground.

Took at least 5 wickets in a match in eight consecutive matches from 1992-93 to 1993-94 - most by any Indian.

His 240 wickets are the most by an Indian bowler in wonmatches. Harbhajan Singh is distant second with 122 wickets.

Has appeared in 35won Tests for India – most for any specialist bowler.

Quickest Indian to take 50, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500 Test wickets. Missed 100 Test mark by just one Test to Erapally Prasanna,who also reached his 150 wickets in 34th Test like Kumble.

His 24 instances of five-wicket hauls and 7 instances of ten wickets in a Test at home have been bettered only by Muralitharan (33 instances of five wickets in an innings and 11 instances of ten wickets in a Test match.)

Only Indian to have claimed 5 wickets in an innings more than 30 times (32).

Only Indian to have taken 10 wickets in a Test match 8 times.

His tallyagainst following nations areIndian records:
88 wickets in 14 Tests at 27.17 runs apiece against Australia,
66 wickets in 15 Tests at 28.92 runs apiece against Sri Lanka,
66 wickets in 16 Tests at 31.58 apiece against South Africa
and 38 wickets in 7 Tests at 22.61 runs apiece against Zimbabwe

Claimed 74 wickets in 12 Tests in 2004 - his best year.

With stats like that to back him, its not said without reason that Kumble is India's biggest match winner.

His forte is his nagging accuracy and the ability to bowl on the dot again and again that often frustrates batsmen to play indiscreet shots and lose their wickets.

The biggest highlight of Jumbo's 16-year Test career was his 10-wicket haul which he snared in Pakistan's second innings to spin India to a famous win at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi in February 1999.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 14:09 IST