On this day in 1999, India’s spinning wizard did something that only one person in history has previously done: taking 10 winnings in an innings.
Anil Kumble’s 10 wicket haul for India against Pakistan, took place in the 2nd Test of the series, in Delhi. It was historic, with only England’s Jim Laker having taken 10 in an innings previously.
Pakistan are not unfamiliar with collapses, and it was somewhat fitting that the first victim was one Shahid Afridi, in the 24th over, with the score on 101.
In a single spell of 18.2 overs for 37 runs, Kumble brushed aside a strong Pakistani side, including the likes of Inzamam ul haq, Yousuf Youhana and Saeed Anwar, with the final wicket falling with the score on 207 (Wasim Akram), in the 60th over.
Kumble was of course assisted in the feat from his captain, and indeed from seamer Javagal Srinath, who was told to bowl wider, to ensure there was no wicket; on the basis that India were in a strong position and this would not jeopardise the team.