The Bhagwat Chandrasekhar-idoliser kicked off his Test career in August 1990 against England, three months after his ODI debut against Sri Lanka, before going on to become perhaps the most consistent match-winning bowler that India produced in the longer version of the game.
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He never was a big spinner of the ball like Shane Warne but the one aspect in which he managed to out-do the Australian legend was getting a Test hundred
under his belt something Warne could never manage despite being a credible batter.
What he didn't have in natural talent, Kumble more than made up for it with sheer determination and a workmanlike approach to hone his craft.
The great fighting spirit that he came to symbolise in Indian cricket is well-documented and Kumble's statesman-like conduct on and off the field also made him one of the most respected cricketers in the modern-day game.
Image: Kumble with his wife and children after the third Test in Delhi.