The flipper ‘Anil Kumble’ today announced his retirement from one day internationals.One of the first of many in senior squad who is expected to announce their retirements after team India’s early exit from world cup.
His 17 plus years cricket career has so many records as his other team colleagues ( remember ‘team India’ tigers on paper) but not to underestimate his contributions to India and definitely finding a replacement bowler for Kumble ODI team for India will be a difficult task.
Some of his best records : (Courtesy : Kumble Wiki )
- Took his first 50 Test wickets in just 10 Test matches, the fastest an Indian bowler had achieved the milestone.
- The second fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 Test wickets (in 21 Test matches),
- Took 6 wickets for 12 runs in an ODI against the West Indies at Calcutta, a new record for best bowling figures by an Indian, one that has remained unbeaten for 10 years.
- One of only two bowlers ever (the other being Jim Laker of England) to have taken all 10 wickets in a Test innings. Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in New Delhi, India between 4 February and 8 February 1999, although by failing to dismiss Pakistan’s Waqar Younis in either innings, he missed out on the achievement of dismissing all 11 batsmen in a Test match.
- 270 ODI’s , 334 wickets
Hats off to Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble , Cricket will miss one of the greatest bowlers of all time.
Keep your eyes and ears wide open , More retirements to follow from team india.