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Sportstar’s classics: From Kumble’s 10 for 74 to Viswanathan Anand’s world conquering feat

If Anil Kumble’s 10 for 74 powered India to its first victory over Pakistan in 23 Tests, relationship again to 1979-80, then Virender Sehwag’s record-breaking double hundred in opposition to the West Indies left the opposition an followers gasping for breath. Add to it, Viswanathan Anand’s spectacular all-conquering feat in opposition to Russian Vladimir Kramnik within the 2008 World chess championship, and you’ve got a medley of astonishing sporting achievements to bing on at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has pressured cancellations or postponements of most main sporting occasions throughout the globe.

Anil Kumble’s 10 for 74 in opposition to Pakistan, 2009

“I am happy this unique feat was accomplished by a nice man like Anil (Kumble). But, also give Waqar Younis and me some credit for not throwing away the last wicket to the bowler at the other end, get run out or hit wicket.”

This was Wasim Akram speaking lower than 24 hours after Kumble’s much-remembered 10 for 74 as we sat down for an interview for Sportstar, following Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin’s temporary birthday celebration at New Delhi’s Taj Mahal Hotel.

Indeed, Kumble couldn’t have achieved it with out Pakistan’s cricketers enjoying their components. Chasing 420 to win, Pakistan was 101 with out loss when Kumble started to flip issues round. Thrice throughout the innings, Kumble bought two wickets in an over – Shahid Afridi and Ijaz Ahmed; Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf; and Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq.

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There was a interval when the Indians grew just a little exasperated with Saleem Malik and Akram including 58 runs for the seventh wicket. This stand was damaged however not earlier than Kumble bowled just a few overs from the other finish.

There was some drama when the last-man Younis joined Akram. Javagal Srinath wanted no reminding that he was to stay wicketless within the two overs he bowled. In the next over, Kumble had Akram caught by V. V. S. Laxman at quick leg to give India one in every of its most treasured items of cricketing historical past.

Sehwag’s 219 in ODI in opposition to West Indies in Indore, 2011

Virender Sehwag’s model of batting earned him an exalted standing within the recreation.   –  Okay BHAGYA PRAKASH


Virender Sehwag’s model of batting earned him an exalted standing within the recreation. No marvel, cricketing greats agree that few have been able to scoring boundaries off ‘good’ deliveries as Sehwag did. He supplied on a glittering instance of his strokeplay at Indore’s Holkar Stadium in December 2011.

Facing the West Indies, Sehwag smashed 219 – an effort that noticed him overtake Sachin Tendulkar as the best scorer in an ODI from India. As India posted its highest ODI tally of 418 for 5, Sehwag smashed 100 runs off boundaries and one other 42 off sixes unfold over 149 deliveries. He bought out within the 47th over and left many questioning how far he may have gone had he batted 50 overs.

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As a smiling Sehwag approached the world marked for the post-match press convention, I requested him, “Viru, how did you manage to keep hitting for so long?”“Bhaiya, appears that this was destined to be my day. Whatever I did, it worked” was his response as we shook arms.

Any regrets that you may not bat by way of? “I never regret anything. That ball was meant to be hit, but I could not connect well,” stated Sehwag referring to the Keiron Pollard supply that didn’t clear long-off.

Coincidentally, when Sachin scored 200 in opposition to South Africa at Gwalior and once more after Sehwag’s record-effort, India’s profitable margin stood at 153 runs!

Viswanathan Anand turns into undisputed World Chess Champion, 2008

The discerning from the world of 64 squares maintain Anand’s conquest of a previously-unbeaten Russian Vladimir Kramnik within the 2008 World chess championship conflict as his biggest triump.   –  REUTERS


Viswanathan Anand has received virtually each worthy title. Among them, the 5 World titles function a wonderful prefix. But the discerning from the world of 64 squares maintain Anand’s conquest of a previously-unbeaten Russian Vladimir Kramnik within the 2008 World chess championship conflict as his biggest triumph.

Not surprisingly, even after 11 years, Anand selected to start his e-book “Mind Masters” with a reference to the best-of-12-game conflict he received 6.5-4.5. The maverick Indian claimed the world title in knockout format in 2000 and once more in a match format in 2007. But the overcome Kramnik within the time-tested match format actually established Anand among the many greats.

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Victories in Game Three and Five, with black items, after which in Game Six, with white, positioned Anand in an virtually unassailable place. Eventually, Anand crossed the road, armed with a two-point lead and a recreation to spare.

When I met Anand and spouse Aruna at their suite in Hotel Hilton the morning after the triumph, the World champion’s phrases actually conveyed what the victory meant to him. “I am very proud I could win by such a margin here. It (the margin) could have been three points. That would have been incredible against someone who doesn’t lose three games in a year!”

The conflict-ridden chess world hailed its newest undisputed champion. Indeed, it was a wealthy second within the eventful historical past of chess.

(This is part of a each day collection the place Sportstar’s correspondents will choose their 5 favorite sporting moments value revisiting. Reader contributions are welcome. Send in your picks to [email protected])

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