Saturday, December 29, 2007


Wow!the 2003-04 aussie devil still continues to haunt the kangaroos this time too.Jumbo-as the new Indian skipper is popularly called as once again emerged as a champion in the Boxing day test in Melbourne by claiming 5 wickets on day1.This was Anil Kumble's 35th test 5-wicket haul.Anil Kumble's wicket tally now stands on 591,requiring nine more wickets to land on the magical figure of 600.This feat has so far been acheived by only two others viz Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and the great Australian spin wizard Shane Warne(708).Though this great from India dosen't enjoy the support for his great turns unlike his Sri Lankan and Australian counterparts,Kumble is a match winner in his own right.
Kumble had taken 24 wickets on his last tour way back in 2003-04 from his three tests after missing the first one at Brisbane.His 5-124 was on of the highlites of the Adelaide test which India won by 4 wickets.Kumble emerged as the highest wicket taker in the series.His 8-141 at Sydney had almost won India a first tour in Australian soil.Though Australia has won the first test,it cannot ignore the threat by Kumble's accurate bowling consisting of flippers and wrong-uns.His wicket of Phill Jaques put him in the elite club of having the maximum catches off his own bowling which is at yet shared by only Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

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