Anil Kumble has been one of the most unusual spinners cricket has ever seen - his reliance more on accuracy and variations, however, has not kept him from winning India more Test matches than any other bowler, nor has it kept him from claiming virtually every Indian bowling record.
Every Indian cricket fan remembers fondly that historic day when Kumble ran through the Pakistan batting line-up to score a Perfect 10 in Delhi, in 1999. Also memorable is the image of Kumble bowling with a fractured jaw to deliver a stirring spell in Antigua in 2002, and reaffirms his impeccable commitment to the game.
Kumble took over the captaincy mantle for India with the home test series against Pakistan in 2007. He led the team onto a series victory, before playing a big role in keeping focus and holding the team together during the controversial series in Australia. He finished his career as the third-highest Test wicket-taker (619), behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
Kumble was a key figure in the IPL, first as player, then as captain, and subsequently as chief mentor of Royal Challengers Bangalore. After a rough season in the first edition, he was instrumental in taking the team to the finals in the second edition. In this season, Kumble ended as the most successful spin bowler and the 2nd highest wicket-taker of the tournament. He moved to Mumbai Indians as their chief mentor in 2013.
Kumble has a string of accolades against his name that includes the notable Padmashri Award. He has been actively involved in leadership roles in cricket administration post-retirement, while finding time to nurture his personal commitment to wildlife conservation and protection. Kumble's leadership qualities, administrative excellence and corporate acumen have made him an astute entrepreneur in his venture, TENVIC, a company built on his vision to create a sustainable business to develop sport in India at various levels.