Anil Kumble with the ball that got him his ‘Perfect 10’

It’s been greater than 20 years however Anil Kumble’s unbelievable feat of taking all 10 wickets in an innings is but to be duplicated. On February 7, 1999, former India leg-spinner Kumble turned solely the second man bowler in historical past to seize 10 wickets in an innings and on his 50th birthday, Kumble’s former India and Karnataka teammate Venkatesh Prasad has shared an attention-grabbing post-match story about how he hid the ball with which Kumble did the unthinkable.

“The biggest moment I can recollect about Anil is his 10 wickets in an innings in the Test match against Pakistan in Delhi. When he claimed the final wicket (Wasim Akram), somebody (V V S Laxman) had thrown the ball after taking the catch because we all were celebrating his 10-wicket haul. I went and picked up the ball because it was a treasured possession to have the ball with which he claimed all 10 wickets in an innings,’ Prasad told Rediff.com.

“Later, I was sitting next to him in the dressing room. Everyone was celebrating and talking about his incredible achievement of 10 wickets in an innings. And then I asked whether he had the ball with him, and that’s when it dawned on him and he said, ‘Oh my god, I should have taken the ball’. Then slowly I took out the ball from my pocket and handed it over to Kumble.”

Prasad credited Kumble for his longevity. Kumble performed for India for 18 years earlier than retiring in 2008 however not earlier than he had turn into India’s main wicket-taker in Tests. In reality, he stays the third highest wicket-taker total behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne and Prasad reckons it’s all as a result of the great dedication proven by him all through his close to 20-year-long profession.

“I coached the Indian team in 2007 (as bowling coach). He was the captain. There were only two Karnataka players in the team – Kumble and Rahul Dravid – and we used to spend a lot of time together talking. We used to discuss strategy. He used to gather all the bowlers and talk to everybody. I let him be the lead, being the senior bowler and the captain,” Prasad recalled.

“People thought it would be impossible to break Kapil Dev’s record (434 wickets) but he went from strength to strength and became the highest wicket-taker for India in Tests even though he was a spinner. Mind you, he was not a big turner of the ball.”


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