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‘Oh my god, I should have taken the ball’: When Venkatesh Prasad hid the ball that fetched Anil Kumble his ‘Perfect 10’

It’s been greater than 20 years however Anil Kumble’s unbelievable feat of taking all 10 wickets in an innings is but to be duplicated. On February 7, 1999, former India leg-spinner Kumble grew to become solely the second man bowler in historical past to seize 10 wickets in an innings and on his 50th birthday, Kumble’s former India and Karnataka teammate Venkatesh Prasad has shared an attention-grabbing post-match story about how he hid the ball with which Kumble did the unthinkable.

“The largest second I can recollect about Anil is his 10 wickets in an innings within the Check match in opposition to Pakistan in Delhi. When he claimed the ultimate wicket (Wasim Akram), any person (V V S Laxman) had thrown the ball after taking the catch as a result of all of us have been celebrating his 10-wicket haul. I went and picked up the ball as a result of it was a treasured possession to have the ball with which he claimed all 10 wickets in an innings,’ Prasad instructed Rediff.com.

“Later, I used to be sitting subsequent to him within the dressing room. Everybody was celebrating and speaking about his unbelievable achievement of 10 wickets in an innings. After which I requested whether or not he had the ball with him, and that’s when it dawned on him and he mentioned, ‘Oh my god, I ought to have taken the ball’. Then slowly I took out the ball from my pocket and handed it over to Kumble.”

Prasad credited Kumble for his longevity. Kumble performed for India for 18 years earlier than retiring in 2008 however not earlier than he had grow to be India’s main wicket-taker in Checks. In truth, he stays the third highest wicket-taker total behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne and Prasad reckons it’s all as a result of the great dedication proven by him all through his close to 20-year-long profession.

“I coached the Indian staff in 2007 (as bowling coach). He was the captain. There have been solely two Karnataka gamers within the staff – Kumble and Rahul Dravid – and we used to spend so much of time collectively speaking. We used to debate technique. He used to assemble all of the bowlers and speak to everyone. I let him be the lead, being the senior bowler and the captain,” Prasad recalled.

“Folks thought it could be unimaginable to interrupt Kapil Dev’s document (434 wickets) however he went from energy to energy and have become the best wicket-taker for India in Checks although he was a spinner. Thoughts you, he was not a giant turner of the ball.”

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