Former Indian cricketer and head coach Anil Kumble turned a year older on Saturday and cricket fraternity came in unison to extend warm birthday greetings to him.
From former opening batsman Virender Sehwag to current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, all took to their official social media handles to wish Kumble on his 50th birthday.
Taking to Twitter, the 31-year-old Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper wrote,”Wish you a very happy birthday Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074. Have a great day.”
Wish you a very happy birthday Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074. Have a great day.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 17, 2020
Sehwag, on the other hand, posted a picture of him with Kumble in Indian Test jerseys and congratulated his former teammate on completing his half-century.
“Officially I had 136 Intern’tnl wickets, but unofficially had one which was costliest,when I asked @anilkumble1074 bhai to not do tuktuk to offspinner & score his century quickly and he got out on 87. Sorry Anil Bhai, but congratulations on the half century today. Happy Birthday,” the former opener wrote.
Officially I had 136 Intern’tnl wickets, but unofficially had one which was costliest,when I asked @anilkumble1074 bhai to not do tuktuk to offspinner & score his century quickly and he got out on 87. Sorry Anil Bhai, but congratulations on the half century today. Happy Birthday pic.twitter.com/WB3Tie73HD
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2020
Wishing Kumble on his special occasion, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh lauded the former head coach for his priceless contribution towards the country’s cricket and towards nurturing the youngsters.
“To someone who motivated me when I needed to hear it the most – Happy Birthday jumbo @anilkumble1074 your contribution towards Indian cricket and more so towards nurturing the youngsters has been priceless. Sending you all my love and good wishes on your half century,” Yuvraj tweeted.
To someone who motivated me when I needed to hear it the most – Happy Birthday jumbo @anilkumble1074 your contribution towards Indian cricket and more so towards nurturing the youngsters has been priceless. Sending you all my love and good wishes on your half century pic.twitter.com/EkLKky0OFZ
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 17, 2020
Let us take a look at some other wishes:
Only Indian bowler to take 600 Test wickets
Only the second bowler in Tests to take 10 wickets in an innings
Wishing former #TeamIndia skipper @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday
Let’s revisit his 10-wicket haul vs Pakistan to bring in his birthday.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 17, 2020
Wishing a prosperous birthday to one of the greatest bowlers @anilkumble1074 . What a legend, for always leading the way in cricket. Have a great one! pic.twitter.com/nRcWYNXzQC
— Suresh Raina(@ImRaina) October 17, 2020
Many more happy returns of the day to a man who taught us to never give up no matter what. Wish you a wonderful birthday and a glorious year ahead @anilkumble1074 . pic.twitter.com/b3x4urFCgD
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2020
From 10 wickets in an innings to playing with head wrapped up in bandage, a very happy birthday to the greatest match winner India has ever had! @anilkumble1074 pic.twitter.com/eNOnEId54y
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 17, 2020
Kumble made his debut for the national side with a One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in April 1990. He went on to appear in a total of 271 matches for the country in the format and claim 337 wickets in it.
Regarded as one of the most decorated spinners of all time, Kumble has appeared in a total of 132 Tests for India and bagged 619 wickets in the longest format of the game.He is also the only second bowler in the history of Test cricket to clinch 10 scalps in an innings against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Besides this, Kumble has also appeared in 244 first-class matches and 380 List-A games and claimed 1,136 and 514 wickets in it, respectively.
Kumble was named as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team in June 2016 for a period of one year. However, he stepped down from the position following the 2017 Champions Trophy final due to differences with captain Kohli.
He is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and serving as the head coach and Director of Cricket Operations of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the ongoing 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Source: Zee News