Anil Kumble Biography – The greatest bowler in the history of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble has established himself as a stalwart wrist-spinner. Kumble’s delicate action, deviating leg-spin and kinky accuracy has always stood him in the limelight. Anil Kumble has emphasized his valuable contribution to the Indian team through his prodigious captaincy and professionalism in bowling.
Anil Kumble is India’s renowned cricketing figure who represented the national side and led the team in the Test format and played a valuable role in the One-Day International format. Kumble represented the Karnataka State Cricket Association in domestic format and has also played for several county clubs in England.
Anil Kumble Biography | Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Anil Kumble was born on 17th October 1970 in Mysore district in Karnataka. Anil’s father Krishna Swamy was a local businessman whereas his mother Saroja is a homemaker. Kumble has a brother named Dinesh Kumble. Anil’s parents belonged to his native place in Kerala where the village is named after his surname, Kumbla.
Anil Kumble had a keen interest in cricket right from his childhood. He started to practice professional cricket at the age of 13 when he started to play for the Young Cricketers Club in Mysore. Kumble was a prodigy in his school days and completed his education effectively. An eccentric bowler, he never looked back in his career.
- Age: 51 Years
- Height: 6 ft
- Weight: 78 kg
- Alma Mater: National High School and Junior College
Anil Kumble Early Days
Anil Kumble started to play professional cricket matches for his club and bowled with an impact. He continuously rose from lower division to higher division. He was selected to make his first-class debut in 1989, soon after which he played for the Indian U-19 team. Kumble’s rising performance for India U-19 against Pakistan U-19 marked his international debut.
Anil Kumble Domestic Career
Anil Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka senior state team against Hyderabad on 30th November 1989. He had a fabulous debut season as he was selected in the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy where he scalped impressive figures of 13/138 to single-handedly grab a win. This led to his selection in the Indian team for the South African tour.
Kumble had also represented several county clubs in England including Northamptonshire and Hampshire. He was the leading wicket-taker at the 1995 English Cricket season and registered a magical figure of 13/135 for Hampshire to draw a crunch game in the 1996 season.
In his 244 first-class matches, Kumble has piled up a mammoth 1136 wickets with an average of just 25.73. He scored 5572 runs with a satisfactory average of 21.68. Kumble has played 380 List-A matches and claimed 514 wickets with an average of 27.58. His score was insignificant in List A as he managed to gather only 1456 runs.
Anil Kumble International Career
Anil Kumble’s magnificent domestic run earned him an Indian ticket for the Austral-Asia Cup in 1990 where he made his debut against Sri Lanka on 25th April 1990. He claimed a couple of wickets against Sri Lanka and then Pakistan after which he got his maiden test call for the Indian team that was touring England in the mid-1990s.
Kumble had a nightmare in his test debut as he failed to gather any wicket in the first test and was successful in picking three in the second test but being expensive he was dropped for the rest of the series. He did not play any test matches till 1992. Kumble’s Irani Trophy stint earned him a place for the South Africa and Zimbabwe tour which was the turning point in his career.
Kumble embarked himself as a quality leg spinner on the Proteas tour as he picked up 18 wickets with an economy of under 2. He was later called for the England tour where he scalped 21 wickets. At the Hero Cup Final in 1993, Kumble registered a thumping figure of 6/12 which was a record for a long time as the best bowling figure by an Indian bowler.
1996 World Cup
The 1996 season of cricket was very successful for the versatile leg spinner as he picked up 90 ODI wickets and was the highest wicket-taker in the calendar year. Kumble was picked in India’s squad for the 1996 World Cup where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker as he grabbed 15 wickets. He played a crucial role in India’s quarterfinal victory against Pakistan as he registered a clinical bowling performance of 3/36.
Rising through the Ranks
Kumble continued to glorify his cricketing career after the World Cup with phenomenal performances in the test format. In 1999, Kumble became only the second bowler to scalp ten wickets in a single test inning. Kumble displayed high-class sportsmanship when he bandaged his fractured jaw and returned to play in a test match against West Indies in Antigua in 2002.
Anil Kumble had represented the Indian team in 132 Test matches where he claimed a record 619 wickets with an average of 29.65. In his 271 ODI appearances for India, Kumble claimed 337 wickets with an average of 30.89. He picked up 35 five-wicket hauls and 8 ten-wicket hauls in test cricket along with a couple of fivers in ODI.
Anil Kumble: The Captain
Anil Kumble had a never-give-up approach built-in himself which led to his appointment as the captain of the Indian Test team in 2007. Kumble led the Indian team in 14 tests out of which India won three, lost five and the remaining ended in a draw. Kumble’s perks in captaincy include his 1-0 series win against Pakistan at home soil and a historical win over Australia at Perth
Anil Kumble IPL Career
Anil Kumble was honored with a three-year $500,000 contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise. He led the team to the final of 2009 IPL which they lost against Deccan Chargers. Kumble’s memorable moments at IPL include his 5/5 figure against Rajasthan Royals in 2009. Kumble played his last IPL in 2010 and announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 4th April 2011.
Anil Kumble Coaching Career
Anil Kumble was appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian national cricket team in June 2016. Kumble had a short tenure of a solitary year due to his differences with the captain and management. Kumble achieved a remarkable feat in his short lives journey as India attained the top spot in tests during his tenure. He coached India for a Test and ODI series victory against New Zealand by 4-0 and 3-2 whereas a 4-0 test victory against England at home.
Anil Kumble Wife
Anil Kumble married Chethana Ramatheertha whom he met at a travel agency firm. The couple got married on 1st July 1999 at a private ceremony in Mysore. Chethana is a divorcee and split her 13-year marriage in 1998. Kumble adopted her daughter from the first marriage, Aaruni, and currently has a son named Mayas and another daughter namely Svasti. Ani and Chethana live happily and share a mesmerizing bond.
Anil Kumble Net Worth
The estimated net worth of the leggy is Rs. 82 Crore. Kumble earned a staggering part of his income through his professional career for India and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumble had a 3-year contract with RCB of worth Rs. 2 crore/year. He also earns as a part of the commentary team and as a brand ambassador for multiple endorsements.
Anil Kumble is a keen real estate investor. He has several properties all over the country including a couple of lavish bungalows in Bangalore and Mysore. Anil Kumble is also fond of premium wheels and has a few branded cars including a BMW, Audi, and Mercedes SUV in his garage.
Anil Kumble: Indian Coach Controversy
Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of the Indian national cricket team after the Champions Trophy 2017. It was believed that there was a rift between Indian team management, Captain Virat Kohli, and Anil Kumble. Anil Kumble was a punctual and dedicated sportsperson that served differences between the players and captain. Though Virat and Kumble both deny the allegations, a major controversy was sparked after his step down.
Anil Kumble Records
- Anil Kumble took 10 wickets in a single innings against Pakistan in 1999 and he remains only the second bowler to register the feat.
- Kumble has the highest wickets by a leg spinner in his first-class debut as he claimed 4 wickets against Hyderabad.
- Most ODI wickets in a calendar year by an Indian (61).
- Most wickets by a bowler at a particular destination (56 at Sharjah).
- Most caught and bowled in tests (35).
- Second Indian bowler to take 400 test wickets.
- First Indian bowler to take 30+ five-wicket hauls in Tests.
Anil Kumble Awards & Achievements
- Padma Shri 2005
- Arjuna Award 2000
- Chairman of ICC 2012
Anil Kumble Facts
- Kumble is also known as Jumbo for his speeding deliveries.
- A traffic signal point in Karnataka is named after him.
- Kumble once bowled 72 overs in an innings.
- His favorite cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.