Vol. 5 Num 1141 Tue. August 14, 2007  

Kumble leaves McGrath behind

Anil Kumble surpassed Glenn McGrath to become the world's third highest wicket-taker in Tests as India bowled England out for 345 on the fourth day of the third and final Test at The Oval on Sunday.

Kumble, who scored his maiden Test century on Friday in India's first innings total of 664, dismissed Monty Panesar to end England's innings and improve his Test tally to 564.

The 36-year-old leg-spinner, India's leading wicket-taker, lies at third place after Australian counterpart Shane Warne (708) and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran (700) in the all-time bowlers' list.

Aussie Glenn McGrath, who quit international cricket after the World Cup, claimed 563 in Tests.

Kumble, playing in his 117th Test, also improved his international scalps to 900 -- including 337 in ODIs -- with his 563rd scalp yesterday.

The Karnataka bowler became the first India and fifth overall to accomplish the rare feat.

Muralidaran (1157), Warne (1001), McGrath (949) and Pakistan's Wasim Akram (916) are the other four bowlers in the exclusive club.