Former Indian captain and Karnataka leg spinner Anil Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in test cricket history after Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Keith Warne. In the 1990’s and in the first part of 2000’s Anil Kumble alongwith Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad spearheaded the Indian bowling attack and won numerous number of matches single handedly. Kumble formed a formidable combination with wicket keeper Nayan Mongia. He was popularly known as ‘Jumbo’ among his teammates. After Englishman Jim Laker he was the second bowler in test cricket history to claim 10 wickets in an innings the feat he achieved versus arch- rival Pakistan in New Delhi at Firoz Shah Kotla. His amazing spell in the Hero Cup final versus the West Indies won the game for India. Beside that his captaincy for the national side brought some famous win for India. In Perth test under his captaincy India got a famous win versus mighty Australians among the many famous wins they achieved during his captaincy tenure.
According to one of India’s finest left handed opening batsman Gautam Gambhir former leg-spinner Anil Kumble would have picked in excess of 900 Test wickets if the Decision Review System (DRS) was available during his time. He also elaborated the fact that not only Kumble but his one time bowli g partner Harbjahan Singh would have his tally off 700 wickets in test matches if DRS was there.
Kumble ended his career with 619 scalps in 132 Tests. While Harbjahan famously known as bhajji picked up 417 wickets in 103 Tests. The two still holds the first and third spots respectively in the list of top wicket-takers for India in test cricket.
“With DRS technology Kumble would have ended up with 900 wickets and Harbhajan with 700 wickets,” Gambhir said during an Instagram live Interview with one of the leading national sports channel.
“They missed LBW decisions on front-foot. Bhajju pa took seven wickets in Cape Town, just imagine. If they would have played on rank-turners opposition would not have been able to make even 100 runs,” Gambhir said.
Gauti was all praise for Kumble as a captain. According to Gambhir,Kumble made him feel secure of his place in the team and which in turn helped Gauti to perform better on the field for his team.
In one part of the Interview he said ” Sehwag and I were having dinner when Kumble walked in and said that you guys will open throughout the series no matter what,” recalling the moment from 2008 series against Australia. “Even if you get eight ducks it doesn’t matter.” I have never heard such words from anyone in my career. So, if I have to give my life for someone, it would be Anil Kumble emphasized by Gautam Gambhir.