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ACF 4: Anil Kumble vs batsmen at nervous 90s

Here we are again, bringing in a new untold and rare cricket fact, this time involving the legendary bowler Anil Kumble.

No doubt, Anil Kumble is one of the top 10 Asian bowlers to play the game. The former Indian Captain and Coach, always have a permanent place in the cricket records sheets for his famous 10-wickets haul in Delhi. 

We would suggest you check on our other Amazing Cricket Facts post, if you are looking for more untold, amazing cricket facts. This post is our 4th release in the series.

Cricket has always provided many heartbreaks in many forms of the game. One way of getting heartbroken is getting out in the nervous nineties. Sachin Tendulkar, who still rules the charts of most of the batting records, also had a negative side of getting out more times in the nineties.

Check Sachin’s top nineties out here. In ODI alone, the little master was out 18 times at 90s. Here’s a video of batsmen getting out at 99.

It’s human nature to get nervous at anxious times. Getting close to the century while batting is that kind of situation too. For a bowler, this tensed phase of a batsman at nervous 90s can be an excellent chance to get the batsman out. An intelligent bowler would be someone who makes use of this particular zone to get rid of the batsmen.

Bowlers who dismissed most “Batsmen at Nervous 90s”

Interestingly, two Indian bowlers top this chart in getting out the batsmen at nervous nineties in Test matches:

Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev

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Anil Kumble leads this chart by picking up ten batsmen when their score was between 90 – 100. Kapil Dev has done it 9 times. Here’s the top 5:

BOWLERTEAMNUMBER OF TIMES
Anil KumbleIndia10
Kapil DevIndia9
Malcolm MarshallWest Indies6
Muttiah MuralitharanSri Lanka6
Most Successful bowlers against Batsman at nervous nineties

15 other bowlers have done the same 5 times each.

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In ODIs, the record for picking up most wickets of the batsmen at nervous nineties belongs to Wasim Akram. The Legendary left-handed pacer, who holds insane other records in his career, has bettered the batsmen at nervous 90s, 6 times in the shorter format.

Here’s the list of batsmen who got out by Anil Kumble at Nervous-90s:

  • Jonty Rhodes (1992-93)
  • Aravinda de Silva (1993)
  • Craig McMillan (1998-99)
  • Jacques Kallis (1999-2000)
  • Marcus Trescothick (for 99, in 2001-02)
  • Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq (in the same innings in 2005-06)
  • Ashwell Prince (2006-07)
  • Graeme Smith (2006-07)
  • Andrew Strauss (2007)

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