‘Kevin Pietersen threw really wide, I had a swing’: Anil Kumble remembers maiden Test ton in 2007 in opposition to England

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When talking concerning the career achievements of former India captain Anil Kumble, one typically cites his bowling figures. Kumble, in his legendary career, picked 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI scalps – most by any India player until now in each the codecs. The right-arm bowler additionally grew to become the one Indian to take 10 wickets in a Test innings in 1999 in opposition to Pakistan. But whereas his bowling stats are sensational, one should not overlook that Kumble additionally obtained a superb hundred in a Test match in opposition to England at Oval in 2007.

It was a clumsy watching shot on Kevin Pietersen’s supply that led to Kumble reaching his Test hundred. In a latest chat with India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on his Youtube chat reveal ‘DRS with Ash’, Kumble recalled the second and why it was a particular one for him.

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“The hundred certainly was very special. Because I tried it…tried, tried, tried from the first game, and I got in right in the 117th. So it was probably a guesswork for me as well. Guessing what the bowler would do, and then I got all the guesswork right in the 117th Test match,” Kumble stated.

“More than me, if you look at the balcony, my teammates were extremely happy. I think Laxman just fell off celebrating my hundred,” the off-spinner recalled.

The 49-year-old went on to elucidate his technique when he was within the center with Sreesanth. “I knew that I had the last man standing there. Sreesanth was the last man there. I had scored almost 30 runs with him. And I knew that they had taken the third or the fourth new ball, I don’t remember. So I knew that I had to get the runs and not allow Sreesanth to have strike,” he stated.

“So I was trying to make sure that I go after KP and probably I stepped out too early. And KP just threw it really wide. And I had a swing. I knew I had taken the inside edge and before even Steve Bucknor thought that that was byes, I put my hand up, saying I have scored my hundred,” Kumble added.

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Kumble went on to recall that he was the primary player from India to get a ton within the sequence. “In fact, I was the only century-maker in that series. Which is very surprising, if you look at the kind of quality and talent that the team had,” Kumble stated.

“In fact, I made a comment before the start of the Test match. When we sat down for the team meeting, suggesting that, look, it is a bit of a disappointment that with this kind of ability in this room, we still don’t have a hundred in this series. And I didn’t realise that I had to show the great batsman of the team how to get a hundred,” he additional stated.

Kumble performed 132 Tests and 271 ODIs for India throughout his career. The right-arm bowler additionally coached India between 2016 and 2017, earlier than he stepped down from the place.

[Attribution HT]

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