5. Anil Kumble (Handed his sweater and cap to Tendulkar)
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Without hard work and determination, no one can achieve success. Anil Kumble is the perfect example of this. India’s highest Test wicket-taker toiled day in day out on the field. He was crucial during India’s triumph over England and Australia. He also captained the team in a win at Perth in 2008.
In 2000, Kumble created history by taking 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan in Delhi. He is only second player till date, after Jim Laker, to achieve this feat. During that iconic spell, Kumble followed some superstitions.
Every time he came to bowl, he handed his sweater and cap to Sachin Tendulkar instead of the umpire. Till the last wicket the duo maintained these superstitions. Kumble has 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets to his name. He was also the coach of the national team in 2016. But he stepped down after the Champions Trophy final debacle.
6. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar (Sat together and didn’t watch the 2011 World Cup final)
Apart from cricketing excellence, every team needs some luck factor to win the World Cup. India ended their 28-year long wait in 2011 when MS Dhoni hit Nuwan Kulasekara over long-on. The huge six ended the game and India won the coveted trophy. It was also Sachin’s lifelong dream to win the trophy at least once in his career.
However the proceedings didn’t start well. Lasith Malinga dismissed both Sachin and Sehwag in the early overs. The middle order won the match for India. But in the dressing room, Sachin and Sehwag didn’t watch the game. Sachin urged Sehwag to sit beside him during the entire game.
In his autobiography launch in Mumbai, Sachin revealed, “I was a little superstitious because when we were playing Australia in Ahmedabad, I was not watching – I’d put my head down on the massage table and was being attended by the team physiotherapist. Viru had been sitting next to me. So I continued that in the World Cup final.”
Throughout the entire tournament, Sachin and Sehwag gave many vital starts to the team. Actually Sachin became the second highest scorer of the tournament. He scored 482 runs at an average of 53. This also included two centuries. Sehwag also scored first-ball boundaries on many occasions.