Friday, January 18, 2008

Australia vs India 3rd Test: Anil Kumble become the first Indian to achieve 600th Test wicket

Indian right-hand veteran bowler Anil Kumble has become the first Indian bowler and the third in the world to reach the milestone of 600 wickets during the third Test in Perth against Australia.

Anil Kumble got his 400th and 500th wicket at home ground in Bangalore and Mohali but his 600th wicket achieved on a hot day in Perth in the second day during the third Test.

Coming on to bowl in the on a pitch, that is more suited to pace than spin, he achieved the record after the tea when he took the wicket of Andrew Symonds made a catch at slip to Rahul Dravid. This wicket has helped India to make a 118 runs lead in the first innings. However, Andrew Symonds was the highest run scorer in his side. He scored 66 runs off facing 70 balls. Symonds stood his ground while umpire Asad Rauf took time to raise his finger even as the appeal grew louder. It seems to you interesting as Adam Gilchrist shook hands with Kumble and congratulated him.

He made this achievement in his 124 Test matches at an average of 28.68. His most number of Test wickets came against Australia team. He has taken 104 Australian scalps in 17 matches at an average of 27.5. He has more possibility to increase the record in the on going Test series.

He finished his day claiming the wicket of Australian tail Shaun Tait with the 601 total wickets.

He is the third highest wicket taker after Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (723) and Australian great Shane Warne (708).

He needs more 108 to overcome his nearer contestant Shane Warne. He is now 37 year old. So, it should be a hard challenge for him to break the record and how many matches he can play before retirement.

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