Happy birthday Anil Kumble: Cricket players, fans wish 'Jumbo' as India’s head coach turns 46

FP Sports, Oct, 17 2016

Indian spin legend Anil Kumble turned 46 on Monday with wishes pouring in from cricket fraternity and fans alike.

Kumble, who recently was appointed head coach of the Indian team, has been one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket, finishing as the third-highest wicket takers in Tests with 619 wickets. The latest feather in his cap was coaching India to a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand, which helped them regain the No 1 position in the ICC Test rankings.

Known for his on-field aggression back in his playing days, Kumble contributed to several memorable moments for the Indian team, whether  capturing all 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla in 1999, or bowling with a broken jaw in Antigua three years later.

His stint as the head coach got off to a successful start, with 'Jumbo' yet to record a series defeat in his reign. Given the way things are shaping up at the moment, India's prospects in the ongoing home Test season, as well as beyond, appear bright.

On his 46th birthday, a number of Indian cricket legends, writers, fans, as well as well-known names from other walks of life took to social media to wish the former captain.

When we talk about Twitter and cricket in the same sentence, names such as Virender Sehwag and Jimmy Neesham will find mention more often than not. In this case, it is the former, who used his trademark wit to come up with this rhyme.

 

 

Sachin Tendulkar played on the Kumble's nickname to wish him for 'Jumbo victories' ahead:

 

 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially wished the leggie on the occasion, as did its president, Anurag Thakur:

 

 

 

Long time teammates and other cricketers conveyed their good wishes

 

 

 

 

Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, who captained the Indian side to victory in the Caribbean in Kumble's first assignment in the new job, would've probably wished him in person, but didn't miss out on the formalities on social media:

 

 

Ravichandran Ashwin, whose rise to superstardom is currently being moulded by none other than the legendary spinner himself, hoped to see a picture of his coach with cake spread all over:

 

 

Gautam Gambhir, who made a solid comeback in the Test arena with a half-century in Indore, hoped to see him go one further in his 'second innings':

 

 

Published Date: Oct 17, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 17, 2016



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