If you ask a cricket fan the name of the leading test wicket taker in the world then he or she would immediately answer that Shane Warne is the current leading wicket taker in test cricket. May be you will also be informed that Muttiah Muralitharan is going to break the record. However, many cricket fans do not even know who the third highest wicket taker in test cricket is. Yes, it is Anil Kumble, the man who has been doing his job silently for
It is true that Anil Kumble achieved most of his 566 test wickets at home and he could not show so much consistency abroad. However, just because of this, you can not question his greatness. I think, you know that Anil Kumble is a wrist spinner and you can not find so many wrist spinners to become successful in their career. Wrist spin is one of the toughest bowling known in the cricket world. However, Anil Kumble has achieved a lot in his career. Recently, Anil Kumble has been named captain of
No doubt, getting captaincy at the age of 37 is a rare incident in the cricket world. However, Anil Kumble has got the job for the upcoming
"I guess it has come at a stage when the next guy takes over and I have to make sure there is a smooth transition," Kumble said. "It has come at the fag end of my career. But it has given me additional motivation to carry on and perform."
Dhoni, 26, who led a young team to success in the Twenty20 World Cup, is widely acknowledged as the next generation leader.
Anil Kumble has some unique achievements in his illustrious career that one can only dream of. Anil Kumble is the only second bowlers in the history of test cricket who could take 10 wickets in a test innings. In a test match against
Recently, Anil Kumble got his maiden test century in the recent test series against
With a down to earth personality, this leg spinner is always a respected person both on and off the field. From the umpires to opposition players, almost everybody knows him a solid gentleman. I have never seen him appealing unnecessarily to the umpires or getting involved in any sledging or any verbal clash with any opposition player. After being named
The Hindu reported:
“For me it is a simple matter of telling the players what their roles are and what they are expected to do.”
Kumble also made it evident that he will be his own man. “I know captaincy in
is a high-pressure job. India
“Your moves are dissected and there will be criticism but I will not get affected by all that. At the end of the day, I will back my players. I will take decisions which I feel are the right ones at that time. I will decide on the basis of my cricketing acumen and will also discuss with the others. I will do what is best for the team,” Kumble said.
Some of the former greats like Ian Chappell, Kiron More, Kumble’s former team mate Javagal Srinath have been full of praise for Anil Kumble. They all think that Anil Kumble deserves to get such honor as he has given his every effort and tribute to cricket.
Ian Chappell says about Anil Kumble in Cricinfo:
Kumble is everything a team wants in a captain. He is a man of action and few words, and his deeds are inspirational. To understand Kumble and the respect he has earned, you only had to see his Test century, at The Oval. Every run was crafted with thought and effort and the boundary that brought his century was a triumph for the way it adjusted to a tricky situation.
Javagal Srinath says on Anil Kumble in Rediff:
Anil is a master of his own art that is unique and far from orthodox leg-spin bowling. On hitting a rough patch in his career he got more criticism than help from the famous Indian spin fraternity. He confessed that the only man who could have been of help was B.S Chandrashekar had he not been confined to a wheel chair.
Anil Kumble has a good reputation of selflessness as a player who always gives his best for the team. To name a few, in a tour to
It always takes sometime to build a team and put together a winning combination. Will Kumble stay that long?
South Africaoffered captaincy to Graeme Smith and to Shoaib Malik and it was done to achieve long-term goals. Then why are Indian selectors reluctant to give Dhoni complete reins of the team for Test cricket as well or a youngster suggested by Tendulkar? If they are apprehensive of the team's success in the Test outings under Dhoni then similar apprehensions surround Kumble too. After all a captain is as good as his team. Pakistan
As a cricketer Anil Kumble has got almost everything in his career. He was one of the cricketers of Wisden’s Cricketer of the year 1996. Indian government has honored him with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of
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