Gambhir, Sehwag, others wish Anil Kumble as legendary spinner turns 49

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-10-17 16:49:00

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Anil Kumble. (File Photo: IANS)

Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who is the 3rd leading wicket-taker in Tests, turned 49 on Thursday.

Kumble, one of the greatest bowlers of all time, has played 132 Test matches for India. From the 271 ODIs he has played, Kumble has 337 wickets to his name.

It is to note that Kumble is the only bowler after Jim Laker (England) to take 10 wickets in a single innings of a Test match. Kumble achieved the feat playing against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla in 1999.

Terming Kumble as the biggest match-winner for the country, former India opener and current Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gautam Gambhir tweeted: “Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match winner Anil Kumble ! Have learnt so much from you and you are the best leader that I have played under! Thanks for inspiring generations of cricketers (sic).”

Meanwhile, former India swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag tweeted: “One of India’s greatest ever Match winners and a terrific role model. Sorry for depriving you of your second century Anil Kumble bhai. But I pray that you score a century in real life. Only 51 more to go.. come on ..come on Anil Bhai ! Happy Birthday (sic).”

Kumble had played an unbeaten knock of 110 runs in The Oval Test against England in 2007.

“Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead Anil Kumble. May God shower you with blessings today and always and I am sure this special day will bring you endless joy and tons of precious memories!” VVS Laxman tweeted.

Kumble’s ex spin-bowling partner Harbhajan Singh said: “Greatest spinner ever played the game. Biggest match-winner for India… Happy Birthday Anil Kumble, my bowling partner and guru.”

“Many more happy returns of the day to India’s greatest match-winner Anil Kumble Bhai. May you continue to inspire and have a healthy and joyful life ahead,” tweeted Mohammad Kaif.

Notably, in June 2016, Kumble was appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s team by BCCI for a period of one year but resigned due to “untenable” differences with captain Virat Kohli.

Recently, the 49-year-old has been appointed as the director of cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kings XI will be the third IPL team Kumble will be involved with. He started out as a player — and later captain — with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008. He was then appointed as a mentor by the same team, before joining Mumbai Indians in a similar role in 2013.

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