Anil Kumble


Anil Kumble (born 17 October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Test cricket team. He is a right-arm leg spin (legbreak googly) bowler and a right-hand batsman. He is considered as one of the greatest spinners of all time. Kumble was appointed the captain of the Indian Test cricket team on 8 November 2007. Kumble is the second highest wicket taker among leg spinners in Test cricket behind leg spinner Shane Warne of Australia and the third of all bowlers after Warne and off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and has claimed 619 Test wickets. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian honour, by the Government of India in 2005. After playing for India for 18 years, he announced his retirement on 2 November 2008. His last match was against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

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Anil Kumble was born in Bangalore, Karnataka to KN Krishna Swamy and Saroja. His family, takes its name from Kumble village, situated in Kasaragod district, Kerala. He is married to Chethana Ramatheertha. Anil has 3 children – daughter Aaruni (from Chethana’s previous marriage), son Mayas and the youngest Svasti (daughter). Kumble began playing cricket on streets of Bangalore and joined a club called Young Cricketers when he was 13 years old.

Anil Kumble announced his retirement from: international Test cricket, first class cricket, and list A cricket appearances on the last day of the match on 2 November 2008 in the 3rd Test match against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium at New Delhi, India. The decision, although on the cards, came as a surprise. He has also agreed to honour his contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise of the Indian Premier League after retirement.

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