Anil Kumble created history by taking all 10 wickets.Image Credit source: AFP
7 February has a special place in the history of world cricket, especially Indian cricket. This is the date when such an amazing miracle happened, which had happened only once before in the history of cricket, that too many years ago. This miracle would not have happened if the Pakistani player’s conspiracy had succeeded that day. Exactly 25 years ago, the entire cricket world became witness to this history, when the legendary Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble forced the Pakistani batsmen to surrender at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.
On 7 February 1999, the second match of the Test series between India and Pakistan was played in Delhi. After the heart-breaking defeat of Chennai, the Indian team was 0-1 behind in the series. In such a situation, he needed a win to make a comeback. The Indian team batted first and scored 252 runs in the first innings. In response, the Pakistani team collapsed for only 172 runs. Kumble had taken maximum 4 wickets in the first innings. After taking a lead of 80 runs in the first innings, the Indian team made a big score of 339 runs in the second innings and gave Pakistan a target of 420 runs to win.
Surrender of entire Pakistan before Kumble
On the fourth day of the match i.e. on 7 February, India’s second innings ended and the Pakistani team came out to bat. Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar made a partnership of 101 runs for the first wicket and made India yearn for a wicket. Then Kumble first got the wicket of Afridi. From here onwards a flurry of wickets started and within no time Kumble created history by taking all 10 wickets. Only for the second time in the history of cricket, a single bowler did the feat of taking all 10 wickets in an innings. Many years before him, England spinner Jim Laker had done this feat. After Kumble, in 2021, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel repeated this feat against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Waqar Yunus had conspired
A few years after this historic achievement of Kumble, Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram had made a sensational revelation, which put the ‘sportsmanship’ of his fellow pacer Waqar Younis under question. Akram and Younis, the captain of Pakistan, were present as the last pair in that match. Wasim told that Younis himself wanted to be run out, due to which Kumble would not have been able to get all the 10 wickets and thus he would not have been able to create history. However, this conspiracy of Waqar could not succeed and before him Wasim became the victim of Kumble. Waqar was embarrassed after Wasim’s revelations but the Pakistani legend had denied this allegation.