PM Modi gave an example of spin legend Anil Kumble's never-say-die attitude where he had come out and bowled despite a broken jaw during a Test match against West Indies in 2002. Modi was addressing the students who are about to appear for their Standard X board examinations at 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' 2020.
''You must also be aware that when India had toured West Indies in 2002, one of our finest bowlers Anil Kumble was struck by a bouncer and ended up breaking his jaw. His jaw had to be bandaged and can you imagine the pain when one is injured like that?
Now the question was whether Anil would be able to bowl or not? But, he ignored the pain, did not cry bitterly. The nation would not have blamed him even if he had not played. However, he decided that it was his responsibility no matter how excruciating the pain his. He played, he bowled beautifully and got the prized wicket of Brian Lara'', said PM Modi.
This had happened during the 4th Test match which was played at Antigua in May 2002. Anil Kumble was struck by a vicious bouncer from Mervyn Dillon and went for an X-Ray later in the day which revealed that he had broken his jaw. Despite being in excruciating pain, 'Jumbo' ended up bowling 14 overs in a Test match that was about to end in a stalemate. He finished with figures of 1/29 at an economy rate of 2.07. Kumble then flew back to Bengaluru for surgery the following day as the five-match Test series was levelled at 1-1.