He played his first domestic match for Karnataka at the age of 19 against Hyderabad in 1989.
Kumble is one of the only two bowlers ever to have taken all ten wickets in a Test innings, taking 10 for 74. Kumble achieved this against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi in February 1999
Kumble held the record for being the fastest Indian bowler to reach 50 Test wickets (in only 10 Test matches) before Ravichandran Ashwin broke the record in 9 Tests
In 2004, Kumble became the third spinner in the history of Test cricket after Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan and the second Indian bowler after Kapil Dev to capture 400 Test wickets
In 2006, Kumble became first Indian to take 500 Test wickets.
Kumble achieved two unique landmarks, both equally important, at the oval in 2007. Not only he went past McGrath’s record of 563 wickets, taking up the third place in list of bowlers with most wickets, he also scored his first ever century in Test cricket, taking most number of matches to get to his maiden century.
He is the third highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket with 619 wickets behind only Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708).
Kumble holds the record of bowling 40850 balls in entire Test career, which is highest for an Indian and second highest overall.
Kumble has been one of the pioneers of caught and bowled, and broke Muralitharan’s record for most caught and bowled in Test cricket in 2005. Though at the end of the career, both of them ended with the same number of caught and bowled wickets (35), Kumble’s ratio with regards to total number of wickets taken was higher in comparison.
While Kumble is not explicitly known for his exploits in the shorter formats, he has one record which will go down in history. Kumble, in a match against Zimbabwe, took his 200th ODI wicket, and became the first spinner ever to take 200 wickets in ODIs back in 1998.
He was the leading wicket taker in the 1996 World Cup with a haul of 15 wickets at an average of 18.73.
Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the Titan Cup against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.
Kumble holds the record for the most wickets in a calendar year by an Indian in ODIs with 61 wickets in 1996 (which is also the third-highest total by a bowler of any nationality)
Kumble holds the Indian record of taking most ODI wickets at a particular ground. He took 56 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Kumble’s 337 wickets in 271 ODIs are the most by an Indian in this format.
Kumble holds the Indian record of most wickets in international cricket (Tests + ODIs) with 956 wickets in 403 matches. Among all bowlers, only Muttiah Muralitharan (1347) and Shane Warne (1001) are ahead of him.
In the second edition of IPL, Kumble- playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals- returned the figures of 5 for five, the best figures by a spinner in IPL until recently when Adam Zampa bettered his record.
Six for 12 against West Indies: West Indies were chasing a modest 226 for win in the 1993 Hero Cup final at Eden Gardens, Calcutta (now Kolkata). With a line-up consisting of several batting stars like Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, Carl Hooper and Jimmy Adams, the target did not seem too daunting. West Indies got to a disastrous start losing first four wickets with only 63 runs on the board. Hooper and Holder then tried to steady the ship, but Kumble’s introduction as the sixth bowler created havoc in West Indies ranks. None of the batsmen was able to read his flippers and was often a touch late in playing shots. Kumble picked up the last six wickets of the match and finished with figures of six for 12, which was the best bowling figures in ODIs by an Indian bowler until Stuart Binny bettered it by claiming six for 4 against Bangladesh in 2014.
[During the innings Kumble clean bowled Roland Holder. The ball came so fast that the umpires had to refer it to the third umpire. Outside run outs and stumpings, this was the first decision referred to a third umpire in international cricket.]
10 for 74 against Pakistan in Delhi in February 1999: Anil Kumble is the second bowler to hold the record of dismissing all 10 batsmen in an innings after Jim Laker. This feat was achieved in 1999 while playing against Pakistan in Delhi. 5. Jumbo took his first 10-wicket-haul in a match against Sri Lanka in 1994. He is the only player to have taken all 10 wickets in an innings and also scored a century in Tests.
Chasing 410, Pakistan were looking dangerously comfortable, having scored 100 runs without losing a wicket, and with the dangerous Shahid Afridi still in the crease. Anil Kumble was then introduced into the attack, and the rest is history. In one of the best exhibitions of spin bowling and fine captaincy, Anil Kumble broke multiple records and became just the second player ever to take 10 wickets in an innings, after Jim Laker. This gave India their first Test victory over Pakistan in 19 long years.
The achievement of taking 10 wickets in an innings was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bangalore after him.
Gritty to the core: In India’s 2002 tour of West Indies Kumble was hit by a Mervyn Dillon Bouncer right on his jaw. Although he was well protected with a helmet, he suffered a broken jaw. He still managed to bat a further 20 minutes and was eventually dismissed for a 17-ball six.
He then came back and bowled with bandages wrapped around his jaw and picked up the wicket of Brian Lara for four. The five-match series was level at 1-1 going into this game at St. John’s, Antigua.
Kumble left for his hometown of Bangalore the next day and he went on to say, “At least I can now go home with the thought that I tried my best”.
Such was Kumble’s commitment to the game, his team and country. Any other player would have probably sat out and recovered, but the fighter in Kumble did not let him lay down and he came back on to the field and gave it his best. That was an inspiration to me and many others I’m sure.
India’s most successful bowler on Australia tour in 2003-04: While the Indian batsmen, especially Dravid and Sachin hogged all the limelight in India’s tour of Australia in 2003-04, it was Kumble, who led the bowling attack. Easily India’s prime bowler on the tour, Kumble picked up an incredible 24 wickets in 3 Tests. Kumble was at his best in the high scoring Sydney Test, where he took 12 wickets. A little more support from the fielders and unbiased umpiring would have given India their first series win in Australia.
Playing his part in India’s first series win in Pakistan: Kumble engineered India’s first ever series win in Pakistan, having finished as the highest wicket taker for either sides in the series with 15 wickets. Sehwag won Man of the Series award for the first ever triple century in Test cricket by an Indian, Kumble’s contribution was crucial for India’s series victory.
Even though Kumble was no mug with the bat, a Test hundred somehow eluded him. He finally reached the three figure mark during India’s tour of England -- in the final Test at the Oval in London.
India were 1-0 ahead in the series coming in to the Oval Test and needed a draw to win a series in 21 years in England. Surprisingly, no Indian batsman had scored a hundred in the first two Tests, Five of India’s top seven scored fifties at The Oval, but none of them went on to get a hundred. There was one man who stuck it around though. When Kumble walked in, he was expected to support Dhoni and take India past 500.
India went past 500, but Dhoni got out soon, leaving Kumble as the senior partner in the middle. Kumble soon started playing his shots and some of his shots were copy-book style. When ninth wicket fell, Kumble was on 76 and it seemed as if the innings would finish soon, but Sreesanth gave him good company. Neither of the two had any hesitation in playing his strokes.
England skipper Michael Vaughan brought on Kevin Pietersen with Kumble on 93. Kumble hit a boundary off the third ball to reach 97. On the fifth ball Kumble charged, but the ball was a touch wide, took the bottom edge of the bat and went through keeper Matt Prior’s legs for a boundary.
Kumble was quick to raise his bat as if to ensure umpire won’t signal byes, while the teammates celebrated in the dressing room.
It was a perfect gift for a true gentleman who had served Indian cricket for so long with the ball.
Kumble’s maiden Test ton came in 118th Test and 151st innings – the longest any batsman has waited for his first hundred in Test cricket.
After a controversial second Test at Sydney during the series in 2007-08, it was not the players, who made a name for themselves, it was the umpires. Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor made one blunder after another and let Australia off the hook umpteen times.
After India suffered a heavy loss due to poor decisions, Kumble, the captain of the team then, addressed the press after the game and started it by saying, “Only one team was playing with the spirit of the game, that’s all I can say”.
The match was also marred by controversies surrounding Australia batsman Andrew Symonds and India off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Symonds claimed that Harbhajan uttered the word “monkey”, for which Harbhajan was handed a ban after a hearing, which found him guilty. India threatened to pull out of the tour but still carried on and finished the tour with their heads held high.
Post his retirement as a cricketer Anil has held various administrative offices, from the President of the Karnataka Cricket Association to the technical advisor of the BCCI and the ICC.
On 21 November 2010, Kumble was elected as The President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, with statemates and former India teammate Venkatesh Prasad elected as Vice-President whereas his former teammate, Javagal Srinath got elected as Secretary.
In January 2012, Kumble was appointed Chief mentor of RCB in IPL.
On 12 Oct 2012, Kumble was appointed as the new Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee.
In January 2013, Kumble accepted the role of Chief Mentor with the Mumbai Indians, resigning from a similar position he held in the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He resigned from this post in November 2015.
In February 2015, Anil Kumble became the fourth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.
On 23 June 2016, Kumble was appointed India’s head coach.
He coached the Indian team for a year from 2016 to 2017, during which India won Test series in the West Indies (2-0) before claiming home series wins against New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1- 0) and Australia (2-1).
India even retained the No 1 spot in Test ranking under Kumble's term.
He stepped down from his position after a widely-speculated feud with captain Virat Kohli, marking a bitter end to a highly successful one-year tenure.
He took over as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab for this year's IPL, which is currently being held in the UAE