Anil Kumble- Jumbo of Indian Cricket


“Some people are born with magnificent skills and some acquire them”. 
Well, here is an example of a lethal combination of both. A spectacular journey that depicts the result of understanding skills and polishing them to grow. 

I am talking about the remarkable journey of our favorite cricketer, former captain, a great test match player, a tremendous spin bowler, and the highest wickets owner  – Anil Kumble. 

Kumble was born to Krishna Swamy and Saroja in Bangalore. He lived in a nuclear family with his brother Dinesh Kumble and parents. Kumble spent initial years of formal learning in Holy Saint English School and later moved to National High School Basavanagudi. He has grown up playing cricket in the streets of Bangalore and joined a Cricket club at the age of 13 years. 

Not only in cricket but he was always focussed on academics too. After completing his school, he took admission in BE to pursue mechanical engineering from Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in the year 1991-92. 


Domestic journey

“If you are astonishing, you become unstoppable” and that what happened when Kumble made his domestic career debut by playing for Karnataka against Hyderabad in the year 1989. He was then selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan and scored 113 in the first test and 76 in the second.
That was the time when his life in domestic cricket was highlighted and there was never looking back. 

Soon after that year, Kumble made his international debut and was selected to play an ODI against Sri Lanka in Austral Asia Cup in the year 1990.


International Journey

His international journey commenced with an ODI tournament against Sri Lanka on 25 April 1990. Leading to test debut in the same year. In the second test match of the series against England at Manchester, he took 3 wickets in first innings, the series ended as a draw. However, he did not get a chance to play any tests until 1992.
He played for Irani trophy against Delhi and again captured a chance to play international, in the year 1992, he played in Indian tour to South Africa, this time he established his image to the core by being a reason for 7 wickets in a single match.
The graph of his journey was now more exciting and promising for the future. Soon he completed 50 wickets in just 10 test matches making a record. 

With time the game started strengthening and scores proliferating. The Year 1996 turned to be fortunate for him, he took 90 wickets at an average of 24.14 in Tests and ODIs combined.
In the year 1996, all his hard work got more admired and praised as he was the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 15 wickets at an average of 18.73. Unfortunately India loss the semi-final match against Sri Lanka.
Later in the year 1999, when India was up against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed ten batsmen in a Test match. 



Kumble became the captain of the Indian cricket team on 8 November 2007 after the resignation of Rahul Dravid becoming the first and only leg spinner to become the Indian team captain.
On 17 January 2008, in the third test against Australia at Perth, Kumble became the first Indian bowler and the third in the world to reach the milestone of 600 Test wickets.
However, his journey as a captain remained for a short period of time and he retired on 2nd November 2008. 



Anil Kumble announced his retirement from international test cricket on 2 November 2008.
Here are some crucial highlights of his 18 years cricket journey.


  • Bowled 40850 balls in his entire Test career which is the second-highest in the International matches. 
  • A score of 619 wickets in 132  test matches,337 wickets in 271 ODI matches.
  • Highest wickets taker from in Indian Team and 3rd highest in the world.


Marriage and love life 

It is truly said, “your destiny makes you meet your soulmate”. That what happened to Anil and Chethana. It all started in the year 1999 when Khumble was achieving hights on cricket and Chethana was struggling to get her daughter custody back from her ex-husband.
It is believed that they met at a travel agency where Chethana used to work, they interacted and Khumble fell in love, Chetana was not ready for any relationship at that moment to but eventually love won and they got married in the year 1999. 

Now they are a happy and adored family with 21 years of togetherness. 


Post Retirement

Kumble has always been an inspiration to support Indian cricket in one way or the other. Here is a yearly description of his post-retirement career.


  • 2012-2015: Kumble reappeared holding the position of chief mentor for the IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
  • 2015: Became the fourth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.
  • 2016: Appointed as the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team by BCCI and served Indian cricket as the head coach till 20 June 2017.
  • 2020: Head Coach and the Director of Cricket Operations of Kings XI Punjab.

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Name Anil Kumble
Popularly known as Dada
Nickname Jumbo
Date of birth 17 October 1970
Home town  Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Education Qualifications  B.E. from Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Mechanical Engg.


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