England tour of India - Cricket: Kumble on the fringe of another Test feat

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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The 300-Wicket Club
Bangalore: Anil Kumble is on the verge of becoming the fourth spinner in international cricket to 300-wicket mark. Kumble, playing his 66th Test match at Bangalores M Chinnaswamy Stadium against England from Wednesday, is on the fringe with 299 wickets to his credit.Exploiting homing conditions to the hilt, Kumble has taken 18 wickets so far in the series (Test matches at Mohali and Ahemdabad) and is keen to join the elite 300 club on his home turf.Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee (career record of 355 wickets) reached the milestone in 56th Test and still holds the record for the fastest to have achieved the feat. Sri Lankan off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan reached the target in 58 Tests. New Zealander Sir Richard Hadlee and West Indian Malcom Marshall share the joint third spot having achieved the figure in their 61st Test matches respectively.West Indian off spinner Lance Gibbs was the first to claim 300 wickets in Tests. The other spinners in the list are Australian Shane Warne and Muralitharan. Kumble will thus become the first Indian spinner and the second Indian cricketer to join the elite band. Kapil Dev became the first Indian bowler to break the barrier. Kapil also climbed to 434 Test wickets surpassing Richard Hadlee. But, genial West Indian giant Courtney Walsh eclipsed Kapil Dev and sits alone in the 500-member club.Kumbles first victim was Alan Lamb of England at Manchester. His 100th wicket was Martin Crowe of New Zealand at Bangalore and his 200th victim was M Mbangwa of Zimbabwe at Harare.

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