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Kumble's dubious distinction

The leggie is having a tough series and so far he has conceded more than 500 runs.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 14:17 IST

Anil Kumble registered an entirely unwanted record against his name in Karachi Test. By the end of the second day’s play, Kumble has conceded 503 runs in this series in just 110.5 overs. This was the fourth occasion for Kumble of conceding 500 runs in a series of 3 matches. With this he equalled Australia’s Shane Warne’s record of conceding 500 runs in a series of 3 matches on most occasions. Interestingly, while Warne had conceded 500 runs in two successive away series against India, Kumble had done so in two successive series against Pakistan. In the last home series against Pakistan, Kumble had conceded 644 runs. But while on that occasion he succeeded in capturing 17 wickets, this time around he has managed just 6.

The accompanying table lists all bowlers who have conceded 500 or more runs in a 3-match series on more than one occasion.It is hardly surprising that all are spinners.

  BallsRunsWkts.Ave  
4Warne10905041828.00Aus vs Pak in Pak1994-95
  10025401054.00Aus vs Ind in Ind1997-98
  9135051050.50Aus vs Ind in Ind2000-01
  10085212620.04Aus vs SL in SL2003-04
        
 Kumble10455041435.00Ind vs Eng in Eng2002
  12377102429.58Ind vs Aus in Aus2003-04
  13096441737.88Ind vs Pak in Ind2004-05
  665503683.83Ind vs Pak in Pak2005-06
        
 Muralitharan12795162619.85SL vs Pak in Pak1999-00
  13065262422.33SL vs WI in SL2001-02
  12256492823.18SL vs Aus in SL2003-04
        
 Qadir12755622225.22Pak vs Aus in Pak1982-83
  9765381438.43Pak vs WI in WI1987-88
        
 Saqlain11715121436.57Pak vs SL in SL1996-97
  11275032420.96Pak vs Ind in Ind1998-99
        
 Harbhajan10715453217.03Ind vs Aus in Ind2000-01
  10735042124.00Ind vs Aus in Ind2004-05
        
 Kaneria11565991931.53Pak vs Ind in Ind2004-05
  8965601537.33Pak vs Aus in Aus2004-05