Published By: Amrit Santlani
Last Updated: September 20, 2023, 22:21 IST
The latest episode of the popular TV quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) featured a cricket-related question linked to legendary Anil Kumble’s record 10-wicket spell against Pakistan. The question worth Rs 12.5 lakh on the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted show was about the umpire at the bowler’s end when Kumble completed his record 10-wicket haul at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium (now Arun Jaitley Stadium) in New Delhi.
“Which umpire was at the bowler’s end when Kumble took his 10th wickets in a Test innings against Pakistan in February 1999, in Delhi,” the question read. The options for answers were – Piloo Reporter, S Venkataraghavan, David Shephard, and AV Jayaprakash.
While the contestant failed to give the correct answer, the right option was AV Jayaprakash, who incidentally declared all 10 Pakistan batters out in the innings.
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With his 10-wicket haul in an innings, Anil Kumble became the only second bowler to achieve the feat. As of today, New Zealand Ajaz Patel along with Anil Kumble and England’s Jim Laker is a member of the esteemed club.
Talking about the match, India entered the game down 1-0 in the two-Test series. Batting first after winning the toss, India posted 252 runs on the board. While the total may not have been much, Pakistan failed to take any lead and were bowled out at 172 thanks to Kumble’s 4/75 and Harbhajan Singh’s 3/30.
With an 80-run lead, India posted another 339 runs on the board to set a target of 420 runs for the visitors.
Pakistani openers got their team off to a good start in the fourth innings, putting up 110 runs on the board before Kumble got India their first breakthrough in the form of Shahid Afridi.
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It was followed up with the wicket of Ijaz Ahmed on the next delivery. After Inzamam-ul-Haq’s dismissal in the 28th over, Kumble did not look back until bundling up the entire Pakistani unit. The hosts were bowled out for 207 runs, giving India a 212-run victory and a spot in the record books for the Indian spinner.
Recalling the historic match, Anil Kumble, in a recent interaction with Jio Cinema, called the wicket of Saeed Anwar the toughest. “I think Saeed Anwar (on his toughest wicket during the spell). He was batting really well – was I think 50 or 60-odd and was looking comfortable.”
Anil Kumble bid adieu to international cricket as the highest India wicket-taker in the test. The leg spinner claimed 619 wickets from 132 matches.