It was February 07, 1999, a day that neither Anil Kumble will forget nor the Indian cricket fans. Kumble became just the second bowler in the history of cricket to take 10-wickets in an innings.
India were playing the second Test of the two-match series against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, now known as Arun Jaitley cricket stadium, in Delhi.
Mohammad Azharuddin-led side set Pakistan a target of 420 runs in the match, and the visitors got off to a perfect start. The opening pair of Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar put together a 101-run stand for the first wicket. They were looking settled and ready to cruise through, but then came Kumble, who dismantled the Pakistani batting line-up.
The leg-spinner first dismissed Afridi (41) on the second ball of the 25th over and Ijaz Ahmed on the following delivery. Kumble didn’t just stop there as in the 29th over; he sent Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yusuf back to the pavilion off the successive deliveries. All of a sudden, Pakistan were 115-4.
The trouble for the neighboring team continued as the leggie took two more wickets and Pakistan were reduced to 128-6.
Lower middle-order batsman Saleem Malik and skipper Waqar Younis did show some fight, but it wasn’t enough. The duo added 58-runs for the seventh wicket before Kumble bowled Malik on 15.
Just after adding 12 more runs, Mushtaq and Saqlain fell on consecutive deliveries. However, Akram held one end.
As Pakistan were 198-9 and Kumble just needed one wicket to register his name in the history, the Indian skipper asked pacer Javagal Srinath to bowl widish deliveries at the other end so that the spinner could get his man.
Finally, the exceptional moment came when Kumble got Akram out and etched his name in the record books. Pakistan were all out for 207 and, thereby, lost the match by 212 runs. Kumble became the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker to take all 10-wickets in a single Test inning. He finished with the bowling figures of 10-74 from 26.3 overs.
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Indian veteran spinner announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008. He is the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests, only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708).