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His best performances - ODIs and Tests
 

From a long career spanning 113 Test matches and 271 ODIs, it would be difficult to pick out the ten best performances of Anil Kumble especially when there are a number of excellent bowling displays.

Some certainly are impossible to ignore and can be mentioned straightaway. Obviously, his perfect ten-wicket haul in the Test against Pakistan at New Delhi in 1999 must take pride of place. After all, when a feat has been performed for only the second time in 122 years of Test cricket comprising some 1450 matches it has to be something really special.

Close behind this would be his best-known ODI feat – six for 12 against the West Indies in the Hero Cup final at Calcutta in 1993. This immediately gives him a triple distinction - the best by any Indian bowler in ODIs, the best by any bowler against the West Indies and the best bowling figures in India. Mention must be made of his innings figures of six for 53 from 44 accurate overs against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1992 – his first notable outing in Test cricket.

How can one forget his 12-wicket haul in the Sydney Test against Australia in 2003-04 when he strove manfully and virtually single handedly and almost bowled India to victory with figures of eight for 141 and four for 138 in the face of a formidable batting line up – Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Simon Katich, Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist. Read moreread more

 
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He also had a notable role to play in India’s historic victory over Pakistan at Multan in 2004 with figures of two for 100 and six for 72. And had rain not washed out the last day’s play in the Chennai Test against Australia in 2004-05 it could well have been another match winning performance by Kumble who bamboozled the Aussies with figures of seven for 48 and six for 133.

And his performance against Pakistan in the Kolkata Test in 2005 was very much in keeping with his reputation as India’s greatest match winning bowler – three for 98 and seven for 63 as India won by 195 runs. Kumble of course has had share of triumphs in ODIs too. A performance he rates very highly is the five for 33 against New Zealand at Wellington in 1994 with India winning by 12 runs. Another performance that is remembered is his four for 25 against a strong South African side in the Titan Cup final at Bombay in 1996 with India winning by 35 runs. Finally, one has to list his four for 40 while bowling India to a 48-run victory over Pakistan in the Carlton & United series at Adelaide in 2000.

 
 
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