Kumble joins elite 400 club

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/anilkumble5.jpg' class='caption'> Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble became only the second Indian to capture 400 Test wickets.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble became only the second Indian to capture 400 Test wickets, after legendary Kapil Dev, when he dismissed Australian batsman Simon Katich. The 33-year-old Kumble, who made his debut against England in 1990, achieved the mark in his 84th Test and now would be looking to become India's highest wicket-taker overtaking Kapil Dev's haul of 434 in 131 Tests. Kumble is now ninth in the all time list headed by Sri Lankan off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan with 532 wickets. Kumble, who captured all 10 wickets in an innings to equal Jim Laker's record in 1999, came into the first Test against Australia here needing three more wickets to touch the mark and achieved the feat by taking the wickets of Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann and Katich. Before this match, his average stood at 28.21 in 84 Tests with 24 five wicket hauls and five 10 wicket hauls. Fruitful home ground It’s turning out to be quite a year for Anil Kumble. The leading wicket-taker for India in its last two overseas tours Soon after fatherhood has joined the 400 wicket club as well. He plans most of his dismissals quite meticulously, though number 400 seemed a bit unplanned, as was the fact that he got it at his home ground. Coinidentally, Anil Kumble had got his 100th and 300th wicket at Bangalore as well. A special feeling no doubt, for him and the family, as Bangalore is his home ground. But Kumble will forever be linked to Ferozeshah Kotla where he became just the 2nd player in the history of test cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings. In the 'Great' league Now becoming the 9th member of the 400-wicket club has only enhanced his place as one of the all time greats. Earlier this year Kumble also featured in what was a high point both for him and the team. In a series win in Pakistan and a drawn series in Australia, Kumble took 39 wickets. That gave him a chance to silence the critics who kept saying that he was'nt a good enough bowler overseas. Kumble walking off with the ball in hand at the end of the first day of the Bangalore test, and he would like nothing better than to provide an encore on day 5 at the end of an India win. He missed out on the last test series against Australia in 2001 because of a shoulder injury and he's well aware that a series win over Australia this time will give India 2nd place in the ICC test rankings. (With PTI inputs)

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