Anil Kumble reaches 350 wickets in Test matches

Published: Thursday, October 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: Leg-spinner Anil Kumble claimed his 350th Test wicket in Ahmedabad on Friday, becoming only the 14th bowler in history and the second Indian after Kapil Dev to achieve the feat. The 77-Test veteran reached the milestone on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad when he forced Jacob Oram to edge a catch to his Karnataka teammate Rahul Dravid in the slips. Kumble, 32, hit the headlines in 1999 when he scalped all 10 wickets in an innings during a Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan in New Delhi, a feat achieved only once before by Jim Laker of England.

Kumble, who also has 308 One-day wickets, is only the fourth bowler after Pakistanis Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka to take more than 300 wickets in both forms of the game. Kumble is India's second-most successful Test bowler behind Kapil, who retired in 1994 with a then world record tally of 434 wickets. Fast bowler Courtney Walsh is the current record-holder with 519 wickets.

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