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Written by : Info Box Team

Anil Kumble created history in Test cricket by claiming all the 10 wickets in an innings against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi on February 07, 1999. Before Kumble, England's Jim Laker achieved this remarkable feat (10/53) in the Ashes series against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956.

India desperately needed the win to level the 2 match Test series as the visitors already won the first Test by 12 runs in Chennai.

In this particular game, India gave Pakistan a target of 420 runs to chase. Pakistan openers, Saeed Anwar and Afridi began their innings confidently and they stitched a 100- hundred run partnership comfortably for the first wicket. The partnership pushed India onto the back foot, however, the first major turning point came when Indian captain Azharuddin brought Anil Kumble back into the attack after his unproductive first spell. The Jumbo got his first success in the form of Afridi as he edged one to Mongia, and then he also sent Pakistan top order batsmen back into the pavilion with his magical spell.

The spectators in the stadium were awestruck as the visitors from being in a strong position at 101/0 on the scoreboard were crumbled down to 128/6 in no time, and they started believing India could win the Test. But, Saleem Malik and Wasim Akram resisted Kumble's flippers and googlies and registered another crucial partnership of 58 runs.

Kumble continued to bowl in the rough areas of the pitch and produced the much-needed breakthrough for India by uprooting Saleem Mallik's stumps. After this, the ace-spinner ran through the Pakistan tail-enders and scripted history by claiming all the opposition wickets (10/74).

India levelled the series by winning the match with a huge margin of 212 runs.