Eighteen years ago on this day Indian spin legend Anil Kumble entered the record books as he emulated English off-spinner Jim Laker by picking all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match.Back on February 7, 1999, the current Team India coach took 10/74 in 26.3 overs to hand India a remarkable 212-run victory against arch-rivals Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin thanks Anil Kumble after snaring 7/83)”A ‘Perfect Ten’ isn’t something you set out to achieve as a cricketer. I would attribute the events of 7th February 1999 to destiny,” Kumble had told the BCCI website three years ago.Chasing 420 with almost two days to spare, Pakistan got off to a decent start with Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar before Kumble broke the dangerous opening partnership by getting Afridi.Kumble felt that breaking the dangerous partnership was the key.”Although the target was still a tall order, the onus was on us to break the partnership. I knew I had to raise my game. There was something that told us that it was a matter of taking one wicket. A new batsman would find it very difficult to get going on that strip, and we sensed that one scalp would put the cat among the pigeons,” he recalled in his interview to bcci.tv.He added that getting Afridi’s wicket opened the flood gates for India.”The floodgates opened with Afridi’s dismissal. I wanted to keep him as quiet as possible. He got a nick, and Nayan Mongia did the rest behind the wickets. The breakthrough had been affected. Ijaz Ahmed, the new man, had this habit of plonking his front foot down the track. I decided to bowl one that was right up to him. The cherry hit him right in front, and the umpire raised his index finger. We were on a roll.advertisement”I was lucky with Inzamam-ul-Haq’s wicket. He had committed himself to the front foot, and played away, only to inside-edge the ball onto the stumps. Yousuf and Moin khan followed soon after. Anwar’s wicket was special, for he was batting well, with over fifty runs to his name. I tried to break his concentration by switching from over the wicket to around, and back. He was taken at short-leg.”Reuters PhotoWith his previous best being 7/49, Kumble was thinking about bettering that after he got the wicket of Anwar.”That made it six wickets out of six, and it was at this point that I started thinking in terms of bettering my previous best of 7/49. Mind you, I wasn’t thinking about taking all ten wickets! The Tea break came at the right time as I was tiring after having to bowl non-stop in that session.”India had lost the previous Test in Chennai despite Sachin Tendulkar’s heroic hundred. In Delhi, the hosts had made a great comeback against their archrivals and set them a daunting 420 to win.But Pakistan had got off to a strong start. Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi were looking dangerous at the top before Kumble struck to remove the dangerous Afirdi. The rest of the Pakistani batting line-up collapsed like nine pins and history was rewritten.