Video: Anil Kumble registers his maiden Test hundred

Shane Warne and Anil Kumble were stalwarts for their nations. While Warne went on to be the greatest spinner of all time, Kumble went on to be the greatest match-winner for India. While they competed with their wily leg-breaks, they were also handy batsmen lower down the order. While Warne ended with a batting career average of 17.32, Kumble ended with decimals better, with 17.77. Warne crossed the 50-mark 12 times and Kumble only six. But there is something that Kumble can be extremely proud of, a Test century. While, Warne’s highest score is 99.

Kumble’s big moment came on this day, in 2007. India were already 1-0 up in the series. Electing to bat, India put up another solid show, this time piling up 664. In the top seven, five batsmen went on to make fifties and lowest was Wasim Jaffer’s 35. Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni got 91 and 92 respectively. However, it was the No. 8 batsman Kumble who went on to be the only centurion in the innings. ALSO READ: Anil Kumble: 10 most impactful bowling performances from his illustrious career

Kumble suffered some anxious moments in the 90s when India were nine down. Batting on 97, Kumble charged out to Kevin Pietersen but managed to get an inside edge that beat wicketkeeper Matt Prior for a boundary. For a moment, Kumble thought he would be stumped and made a hilarious attempt to get by diving. The moment he realised it was a boundary, he got up, stretched his arms and celebrated the moment. The joy in Indian dressing room knew no bounds. Kumble got his first and only hundred of his career. Kumble’s last wicket stand with Sreesanth was for 73 runs.

India could have gone for the win but skipper Rahul Dravid did not want to risk it and adopted to a safety first approach. India did not enforce a follow-on and the match is also remembered for Dravid 96-ball 12 in the second innings. The Test ended in a draw, and Kumble who claimed five wickets in the game went on to claim the Man of the Match award. India took the series 1-0.

Brief Scores:

India 664 (Dinesh Karthik 91, Rahul Dravid 55, Sachin Tendulkar 82, VVS Laxman 51, MS Dhoni 92, Anil Kumble 110*; James Anderson 4 for 182) & India 180 (Sourav Ganguly 57, VVS Laxman 46*) drew with England 345 (Alastair Cook 61, Kevin Pietersen 41, Paul Collingwood 62, Ian Bell 63; Zaheer Khan 3 for 32, Anil Kumble 3 for 94) & 369 for 6 (Alastair Cook 43, Michael Vaughan 42, Kevin Pietersen 101, Paul Colling wood 40, Ian Bell 67; S Sreesanth 3 for 53)