The unsung hero of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble proved his mettle yet again now on a different pitch with his captaincy. Engineer from Bangalore deserves appreciation and applause for lifting up the team from Sydney turmoil a week ago and making the right moves by bringing in Sehwag and Pathan. This combination of a batsman who can bowl and bowler who can bat turned into a pair of all-rounders and swung the match in India’s favour.
- Batsmen dismissed by same bowler in both innings – Australian openers Rogers and Jaques by Irfan Pathan, Australian skipper(and Harbhajan’s bunny) Ricky Ponting by Ishanth Sharma, Andrew Symonds by Anil Kumble, Mike Hussey by RP Singh.
- Wickets to all from India - All bowlers from India in both innings got wickets – Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Ishanth Sharma, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag(bowled only in the second innings)
- Test over in 4 days - A team beating Australia in a test within 4 days, which usually happens other way round.
- Indian Tail wagging 30% – both innings put together last 4 wickets producing 180 out of 624 total runs scored, making it close to 30%.
- Dhoni factor – Dhoni was involved 8 dismissals out of 20 to win the test (5 catches in Ist innings and 2 catches, 1 stumping in 2nd innings)
- Relatively Safe Hands – India held 14 catches in total to affect as many number of dismissals, with less dropped catches,one famous being off Symonds by Sachin.
Kumble on Top:
I have been a big fan of present Indian skipper, Anil Kumble, right from the days of Hero Cup in 1993 where he displayed magnificent spell of bowling on the final of Hero Cup on 27 November 1993 to record a famous win against the West Indies. Till this day, 6/12 remains Kumble’s best figure in ODIs. His figures on that day read : 6.1-2-12-6 with 5 victims getting bowled!!!