17 October: Anil Kumble, former Indian cricketer.

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Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is an Indian cricket coach, commentator, and former Indian cricketer. He played cricket for the Indian national team for 18 years, was one of the best leg-spin bowlers in test cricket and currently, he is the highest wicket-taker in the history of India in both ODI and tests cricket. He took 619 wickets in test cricket.


Anil Kumble was born on 17 October 1970, in Karnataka, India. His primary education was at Holy Saint English School, and he did his high schooling at National High School Basavanagudi. When he was just at the age of 13, he joined a cricket club called “Young Cricketers”.

He is married to Chetana Kumble and has three children – son Mayas Kumble and daughters Aaruni and Svasti Kumble.


On 30 November 1989, he made his first-class debut from Karnataka against Hyderabad. He started his career as a medium pacer, he is famous for his bowling style. In 1990, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka, and test debut against England. After a few matches, he became popular when he took his first 50 wickets in just 10 matches and became the fastest Indian bowler ever to do so. He has the second-fastest Indian bowler to take 100 test wickets. In 2004, he became the third spinner in Test cricket and the second Indian to take 400 Test wickets. After a few years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008.


In 1995, He has won the Arjuna award, a sports award from the Government of India, and in 2005, he has been honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India.

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