20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs Pakistan

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 12:48 IST Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets of the innings against Pakistan on February 7, 1999 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKumble achieved his ‘Perfect Ten’ against Pakistan on this very day 20 years agoKumble emulated Englishman Jim Laker by picking all 10 wickets in an inningsLaker had taken 10 for 53 in 1956 against Australia at Old Trafford in ManchesterAnil Kumble, on February 7, 1999, took all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match against Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. He took just 26.3 overs to grab those wickets and etch his name in the history books to be only the second ever to manage the feat of taking all the wickets in an innings.The first one ever to achieve the feat was English off-spinner Jim Laker who took 10 for 53 in 1956 against Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester.Twenty years ago Anil Kumble’s remarkable record helped India to a 212-run victory against arch-rivals Pakistan.Speaking about the incident, Kumble in an interview with BCCI website in 2014 had clarified that it was not something he had set out to do as a cricketer.”A ‘Perfect Ten’ isn’t something you set out to achieve as a cricketer. I would attribute the events of 7th February 1999 to destiny,” Kumble had said.Later in an exclusive with India Today at the India Today Mind Rocks 2015, Anil Kumble revealed what was going in his mind on that fateful day as he was nearing the landmark.”When I picked up my six wickets, I came back after the tea break – as I had bowled continuously from lunch to tea. At the break I sat down and thought to myself, here is a chance for me to better my previous best in Test, which was a seven-wicket haul. I went out again and then I took seven, and then eight and nine happened in two deliveries. That is when perhaps when it dawned on me and more on my teammates that I have chance to pick up all 10,” Kumble said.advertisement#OnThisDay in 1999….26.3 overs9 maidens74 runswickets! @anilkumble1074 tore through Pakistan in Delhi with a stunning 10/74, becoming just the second man after Jim Laker to take all ten wickets in a Test innings! pic.twitter.com/B8Nz2bRbeLICC (@ICC) February 7, 2019When Kumble was asked, in a later interview, how he celebrates the day when it comes around every year and if he thinks anyone can match the feat in the future, he said: “It’s one of those things which happen. It’s nice to celebrate anniversaries of cricketing milestones but if it happens it happens.””It can happen tomorrow, or 10 years down the line or it may not happen at all. I don’t think anybody gave me a chance of picking up ten wickets. It’s a very rare occurrence and I was probably privileged and blessed to be a part of that but it’s something unique,” Kumble, who has picked up a total of 619 wickets in 132 Tests, said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Anil KumbleFollow Kumble 10 wicketsFollow 10 wicketsFollow 10 wickets in an inningsFollow 20 YearsFollow February 7 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAnil Kumble created history on this day 20 years ago, when the legendary leg-spinner took all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match against Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more