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Throwback: When Anil Kumble decimated Pakistan with 10/74 in Feroz Shah Kotla

Kumble was on a roll back then and this historic feat came against arch-rivals Pakistan who had one of the most fearsome batting line-ups back in 1999.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: February 07, 2018 13:07 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image Anil Kumble.

One of the greatest spinners and arguably the greatest match-winner India has ever produced, former captain Anil Kumble on this day in 1999, became the second bowler after England's Jim Laker to collect all ten wickets in an innings in Test cricket. What makes the remarkable innings so special is that it was a series against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

India had set Pakistan a fancied target of 420 runs. However, Pakistan's chances of drawing the Test match on the final day were fanned away by Kumble with his 10/74 which helped Team India win their first Test against their arch-rivals in 19 years.

Kumble was on a roll back then. Pakistan had one of the greatest batsmen including the likes of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Ijaz Ahmed, Saeed Anwar. Allrounders had a young Shahid Afridi back then with the experienced Wasim Akram.

Kumble had no problem dismissing them as he collected three LBW's, two bowled-outs and five caught-outs. Pakistan were 101/0 with a century partnership for the opening wicket. Once the leg-spinner got rolling, his spells were unstoppable and unavoidable. He ripped past the batsmen and Pakistan were all out for 207.

Kumble created history and India won the match by 212 runs. In his long career, he collected 619 wickets in 132 Test matches and 337 wickets in One Day Internationals. 

The leg-spinner also lead India from 2007-2008 and later on coached the Men in Blue in 2016-2017.

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