Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble holds various unique records in the bowling department. Kumble is considered as the greatest Indian spinner of all time where he is widely known for his deadly leg-spin (leg-break googly).

List of Records Scripted by Anil Kumble

Most Test and international wickets by an Indian

Anil Kumble’s 337 wickets in 271 ODIs is still an unbeatable glory. Kumble also has 619 Test wickets in 132 games the most by any Indian bowler and overall third-most in the world.

Most International Wickets 

1347 – Muttiah Muralitharan

1001 – Shane Warne

956 – Anil Kumble

949 – Glenn McGrath

916 – Wasim Akram

Most Test wickets for India

619Anil Kumble

434 – Kapil Dev

417 – Harbhajan Singh

365 – R Ashwin

311 – Zaheer Khan

Claimed 10 wickets in a Test innings

Anil Kumble took 10 wickets for 74 runs in the second innings of the Delhi Test against Pakistan back in 1999 – only the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in an innings of a Test.

Bowlers to take 10 wickets in an innings of a Test 

10/53 – Jim Laker (ENG) vs AUS at Manchester, 1956

10/74 – Anil Kumble (IND) vs PAK at Delhi, 1999

Anil Kumble - second bowler to make 10 wickets of an innings in a Test match
Anil Kumble – the second bowler to make 10 wickets of an innings in a Test match

Most ODI wickets by an Indian

With 334 wickets Anil Kumble is the all-time leading wicket-taker for India in ODI cricket. Kumble also holds a unique record as he has claimed the most ODI wickets for India at a particular venue. This happens to be 56 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where he played 40 ODIs and has a bowling average of 27.05.

Most ODI wickets for India 

334 – Anil Kumble

315 – Javagal Srinath

288 – Ajit Agarkar

269 – Zaheer Khan

265 – Harbhajan Singh

Incidentally, he also finished with the most wickets in the format in a calendar year, of 61, in 1996.

Most ODI wickets for India in a calendar year –

61 – Anil Kumble, 1996

58 – Ajit Agarkar, 1998

52 – Ravindra Jadeja, 2013

47 – Irfan Pathan, 2004

46 – Venkatesh Prasad, 1999

Anil Kumble - Most ODI wicket taker for India
Anil Kumble – Most ODI wicket-taker for India

Most balls bowled in Test cricket 

In another unique feat, Kumble holds the record of bowling the most balls in Test career for India. He has bowled a total of 40,850 deliveries in his Test career, which is also the second in the format overall. Muralitharan (44,039) leads the show.

44039 – Muttiah Muralitharan

40850 – Anil Kumble

40705 – Shane Warne

32779 – James Anderson

30019 – Courtney Walsh

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