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400 wicket ways of Kumble

Rajneesh Gupta | October 08, 2004 10:01 IST

Anil Kumble became the second Indian and only the ninth bowler in Test history to take 400 wickets when he dismissed Australian left-hander Simon Katich on the opening day of the Bangalore Test.

Kumble, who made his debut against England in 1990, took his 100th wicket in his 21st Test, 200th in the 47th, 300th in the 66th and now the 400th in his 85th Test.

We present a detailed look at the master leg-spinner's career stats.

Performance by opponent

Mode of dismissal

Kumble's bunnies

Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka)7 times
Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)7 times
Andrew Hudson (South Africa)7 times
Hansie Cronje (South Africa)7 times
Ricky Ponting (Australia)6 times
Adam Parore (New Zealand)5 times
Matt Horne (New Zealand)5 times
Hashan Tillekeratne (Sri Lanka)5 times
Carl Hooper (West Indies)5 times
Jonty Rhodes (South Africa)5 times

Kumble in each calendar year

Kumble in each calendar year

Kumble in each series
South Africa*1992-93415274671825.946-531-84.8330.58
Sri Lanka*1993-9438433751328.855-871-64.8544.48
Sri Lanka1993-9438193171817.617-591145.5038.71
New Zealand*1993-941300102251.001-34--150.0034.00
West Indies1994-9538754091331.464-90--67.3146.74
New Zealand1995-9634341521015.205-811-43.4035.02
South Africa1996-9738773871329.774-71--67.4644.13
South Africa*1996-973932384848.003-40--116.5041.20
West Indies*1996-97512045761930.325-1042-63.3747.84
Sri Lanka*1997-982814430586.003-156--162.8052.83
Sri Lanka1997-983732279646.503-56--122.0038.11
New Zealand*1998-992849341937.894-83--94.3340.16
Sri Lanka*1998-991325134433.504-134--81.2541.23
New Zealand1999-00311863642018.206-672159.3030.69
South Africa1999-0027122611221.756-1431-59.3336.66
South Africa*2001-022552244548.803-132--110.4044.20
West Indies*2001-022355174358.002-145--118.3349.01
West Indies2002-0339203871624.195-301-57.5042.07
New Zealand2003-042841334937.114-95--93.4439.71
* series venue

Kumble in each calendar year

Kumble in each calendar year

Kumble's wickets -batting position wise
Out of 400 wickets taken by Kumble 59.44 % were of top-six batsmen

Kumble's wickets - Right handed vis-a-vis Left handed

Kumble's performance result-wise
in matches won by India268578340418910-7414318.0145.3939.68
in matches lost by India2164653070796-704038.8681.8447.49
in drawn matches371160847271298-1416236.6489.9840.72

Kumble under different captains
Mohammad Azharuddin3611390446717924.9610-7410263.6339.22
Sachin Tendulkar25772532619733.626-676179.6442.21
Sourav Ganguly216602306011127.568-1417259.4746.35
Rahul Dravid310784991338.386-721082.9246.29

A comparative study of 400-wicket takers
BowlerForTest #YrsDaysReached on
M MuralitharanSL 722927315 Jan 2002
Richard HadleeNZ 803821705 Feb 1990
Anil KumbleInd853335506 Oct 2004
Glenn McGrathAus873225522 Oct 2002
Shane WarneAus923134827 Aug 2001
Wasim AkramPak96341417 Jun 2000
Curtly AmbroseWI 973633218 Aug 2000
Courtney WalshWI 1073612908 Mar 1999
Kapil DevInd115333005 Feb 1992

Highlights of Kumble's Career

  • Only bowler after Englishman Jim Laker to take all 10 wickets in an innings.
  • Has taken five wickets in an innings against eight different countries (he is yet to play a Test against Bangladesh). Only Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan has taken a five-for against all other Test-playing nations.
  • Shares the world record for most caught and bowled dismissals with Murali.
  • Aggregate of 238 wickets at home is the highest by any bowler other than Murali, who has 342.
  • His 24 five-wicket innings hauls and five ten-wicket match hauls are the most by an Indian bowler.
  • His 189 wickets are the most by an Indian bowler in Tests 'won' by India. No one else has taken even 100!
  • 24.75 per cent of his victims were left-handed batsmen, the second highest percentage for a spinner with at least 200 career wickets after Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq.
  • Took at least five wickets in a match in eight consecutive matches from 1992-93 to 1993-94 -- the most for India.
  • Took his 100th, 300th, and 400th wickets on his home ground.
  • Took at least a wicket in each of his first 68 Tests, apart from three in which he did not bowl.
  • Quickest Indian to take 50, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 Test wickets. Missed 100 Test mark by just one Test to Erapally Prasanna, who also bagged his 150th wicket in his 34th Test, like Kumble.
Note: All figures are correct up to the end of Day 1 of the Bangalore Test.

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Sub: great kumble

I love you kumble you have done a great job being a Indian we are very proud to have a player like you in India ...

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Sub: congrats anil

congrts to real mactch winner.....

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hi, although u r barely able to spin the ball, but anyway congrats to u for being the second indian to join the 400 wicket ...

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Great Bowler !!!! He is the only one cricketer who I can think of, who has doesn't get any mention for the great things he ...

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Sub: Great spinner/match winner from India

Kumble is a great spinner and a great match winner for India. Keep going try to get 700 wickets.

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