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Anil Kumble has given me a few sleepless nights as a batsman: Kumar Sangakkara

May 21, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Former batsman Kumar Sangakkara has claimed that veteran Indian spinner Anil Kumble has given him sleepless nights as a batsman. Praising former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble as a champion, Sangakkara stated he was not only an orthodox leggie. Sangakkara further reckoned that Kumble’s accuracy was so good that it was hard to score runs against him, and he rarely gave a loose delivery. Anil Kumble is still the third bowler on the list of all-time top wicket-takers in Test matches. The former is behind only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and Australia’s Shane Warne. However, England pacer James Anderson has the chance to go past him in the English summer this year as the pacer is currently on 614 wickets. On May 19, the International Cricket Council (ICC) acknowledged Anil Kumble for his excellent performance in the international circuit.

Anil Kumble was honoured by ICC as the cricketing body inducted him into the ICC’s Hall of Fame

The 50-year-old Indian spinner was honoured by ICC as the cricketing body inducted him into the ICC’s Hall of Fame. The International Cricket Council has also released a video on their official Twitter handle. In that, Anil Kumble’s former teammates, including Stephen Fleming, Wasim Akram, and Kumar Sangakkara, praised the leg-spinner for his astonishing career. They also talked about Kumble’s impact on the game.

Anil Kumble has featured in 132 Tests for India. He has picked up 619 wickets which included 35 five-wicket hauls. The former has also represented India in 271 ODIs, scalping 337 wickets at an impressive average of 30.89. Overall, Anil Kumble has bagged 956 in Tests and ODIs in his entire cricketing career. The 50-year-old has also bowled the second-highest number of deliveries in the history of Test cricket (40850). Kumble is also a part of the Indian Premier League as he is the head coach of the Punjab Kings.

To celebrate some of the best cricketers in the world who have graced the sport and played legendary Cricket during their career, the ICC launched the Hall of Fame month on Instagram. The ICC began the celebrations by remembering veteran New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe’s achievements in Cricket. Former Australian Cricketer Keith Miller, former West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards and former England Cricketer Claire Taylor are among the legendary cricketers who have been celebrated by ICC as they have been enlisted to the council’s Hall of Fame.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh