Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1995
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Anil Kumble is a former international cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He is a right arm leg spin bowler and right handed batsman. During his time he was the leading wicket taker for India both in Test and ODI matches. He has taken more than 600 wickets in the Test cricket. He was born on 17th October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka. Kumble developed an early interest in cricket as he grew up watching players like B. S. Chandrasekhar before becoming a full-fledged cricketer. He made his First-class debut at the age of 19 while representing Karnataka. Soon he was picked up for the Austral-Asia Cup in 1990 before making his Test debut against England later that year. Since then he has represented the Indian Test team on more than 132 Test matches and was responsible for many of India's victories. Kumble became a part of the regular ODI team during the early 1990s and held some of the best performances during this time; which included his six for 12 (six wickets for 12 runs) against the West Indies. The year 1996 proved to very successful for him as he was selected for the World Cup and emerged out as the most successful bowler of the tournament; he played seven matches and captured 15 wickets at an average of 18.73. In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all the ten batsmen in a Test match innings, being only the second player to achieve this feat, after Jim Laker of England.
He has won Arjuna Award, Wisden Cricketers of the Year 1995. Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2005. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2008. In October 2012, Kumble was appointed the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)'s cricket committee. Between 2012 and 2015, Kumble held positions as a chief mentor for the teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. In February 2015, he became the fourth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.