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Even Pakistanis enjoyed Kumble's feat: Mongia

Even Pakistanis enjoyed Kumble's feat: Mongia

None of the Indian players expected to be part of history, says Mongia.

Bangalore: Former Indian stumper Nayan Mongia, who was the wicketkeeper during Anil Kumble’s record ten-wicket haul against Pakistan in the second Test at Delhi a decade ago, said none of the Indian players, including him, expected to be part of history.

"We had lost the first Test at Chennai by a narrow margin of 16 runs and were under tremendous pressure as the Pakistanis were going great guns putting on 100-odd runs for the opening stand. Soon after lunch break ‘Jumbo’ struck.

"I was too happy to accept the catch offered by Shahid Afridi as that started the slide. But none of us expected to be part of history even at the fall of the first wicket," Mongia told Cricketnext.com on Saturday.

"It is always a happy moment to be part of history especially when one of your teammate is involved. This was more so because everybody contributed to it. For Anil, it was once in a life time achievement and all of us were very happy for him because he richly deserved it being the mainstay of Indian bowling for more than nine years than," Mongia added.

When asked what was his first reaction after Kumble took his tenth wicket to become only the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to do so, Mongia said, surprise followed by ecstasy I suppose.

"My first reaction was to congratulate Anil and then the team for leveling the series. In fact every member of the team were thrilled and rushed in to congratulate the champion bowler," Mongia said.

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"In fact the mood was such, I am quite sure even the Pakistanis must have enjoyed Anil’s feat as they too became part of history even though they ended up on the losing side," the Baroda star added.

Surprisingly many of the cricket fans in Bangalore were aware of the fact that exactly ten years ago Kumble had achieved this feat.

Rupesh Kumar, a college student from Indira Nagar, was aware that Kumble achieved his feat exactly ten years ago as his cricket playing uncle Umesh Kumar rang up first thing in the morning to ask him what so special today.

"When my uncle called me in the morning to ask me about a Bangalorean’s achievement exactly ten years ago, I was surprised but once I realised ten years ago was 1999, I quickly remembered Kumble’s feat and gave him the right answer," Rupesh said.

CS Chandrashekar, a businessman from Jayanagar, said he had totally forgotten about Kumble’s feat ten years ago before CNN-IBN reminded him in the morning.

"Thanks to CNN-IBN that I realised that Kumble’s unique feat was achieved exactly ten years ago even otherwise one of my cricket-crazy sales boys would have reminded me I suppose but I felt good when I was reminded by the television Channel," Chandrashekhar said.

first published:February 07, 2009, 17:34 IST