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Who would have predicted that: Anil Kumble 6/12 registers best ODI figures for India to flummox West Indies in final of 1993 Hero Cup

India's Anil Kumble

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


With a full-house passionate crowd at Eden Gardens roaring at every delivery, Anil Kumble recorded the best figures in ODIs by a spinner in the final of the 1993 Hero Cup - a record now held by Shahid Afridi - to take India to victory against West Indies.


Match Summary


India 225/7 (50 overs) - Vinod Kambli 68 (90), Mohammad Azharuddin 38 (43); Anderson Cummins 3/38 (10), Curtly Ambrose 2/35 (10)


West Indies 123 (40.1 overs) - Brian Lara 33 (47), Carl Hooper 23 (57); Anil Kumble 6/12 (6.1), Kapil Dev 2/18 (10)


Result - India won by 102 runs


While West Indies had blown away Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the 1993 Hero Cup, India had just about managed to reach the final, with the famous last over by Sachin Tendulkar, which took them to victory against South Africa.

The strip that was used for the final was the same one on which both the semi-finals were played. Hence, spinners would always be in the game.

India posted 225 runs on the board batting first, courtesy of 68 from Vinod Kambli and 30s from Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharuddin. Sachin Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 28 but took 43 balls to score those runs.

Anderson Cummins and Curtly Ambrose shared 5 wickets for West Indies while keeping things extremely tight.


Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Manoj Prabhakar), 2-81 (Ajay Jadeja), 3-161 (Vinod Kambli, 36.1 ov), 4-161 (Mohammad Azharuddin, 37.1 ov), 5-161 (Pravin Amre, 37.5 ov), 6-207 (Kapil Dev, 47.2 ov), 7-218 (Vijay Yadav, 48.6 ov)



Brain Lara started well for West Indies with a flurry of boundaries but once he lost his poles to Sachin Tendulkar, West Indies suffered a collapse. Anil Kumble was accurate as ever and once the ball started holding up in the surface, his immaculate lines and lengths caught the batsmen at the crease.

Kumble accounted for the wickets of Carl Hooper, Roland Holder, Jimmy Adams, Anderson Cummins and Winston Benjamin. The leg spinner then removed Curtly Ambrose to bowl West Indies out for just 123 and take India to a 102-run victory in the final.

Jumbo's figures of 6/12 were the best by an Indian bowler until Stuart Binny took 6/4 against Bangladesh in 2014.


Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Phil Simmons), 2-57 (Brian Lara), 3-57 (Sir Richie Richardson), 4-63 (Keith Arthurton), 5-101 (Roland Holder), 6-113 (Jimmy Adams), 7-118 (Anderson Cummins), 8-122 (Carl Hooper), 9-122 (Winston Benjamin), 10-123 (Sir Curtly Ambrose)




India - Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja, Vinod Kambli, Mohammad Azharuddin (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Pravin Amre, Kapil Dev, Vijay Yadav (wk), Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju, Javagal Srinath 

West Indies - Brian Lara, Phil Simmons, Richie Richardson (c), Keith Arthurton, Carl Hooper, Roland Holder, Jimmy Adams (wk), Anderson Cummins, Winston Benjamin, Sir Curtly Ambrose, Kenny Benjamin


Match Details


Match: IND v WI, Final, Hero Cup, 1993 

Date: Saturday, November 27, 1993 

Toss: West Indies won the toss and decded to bowl 

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata 

Umpires Karl: Liebenberg, Ian Robinson 

Third Umpire: S Choudhary


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