Kumble celebrates 49th birthday, wishes pour in
Many Indian cricketers took to Twitter to extend birthday wishes for the spinner who has more than 600 Test wickets to his credit.
Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag sent in a quirky birthday wish, reminding the spinner how an advice to go for a boundary deprived him of a century.
Kumble was nearing his ton in Test cricket and he went into the lunch break just a few runs away from the magical 100-run mark. In an interview, Kumble had revealed that Sehwag told him to just go for a boundary to get to the 100-run mark.
But as fate had it, Kumble went for the big shot and got dismissed in the nineties.
"One of India's greatest ever Match winners and a terrific role model. Sorry for depriving you of your second century @anilkumble1074 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," Sehwag tweeted.
One of India’s greatest ever Match winners and a terrific role model. Sorry for depriving you of your second centur… https://t.co/Rr5g58OH0M— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1571282604000
Sehwag's former opening partner and current politician Gautam Gambhir called Kumble the biggest match-winner for the country and tweeted: "Birthday wishes to India's greatest match-winner @anilkumble1074! Have learnt so much from you and you are the best leader that I have played under! Thanks for inspiring generations of cricketers".
Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match winner @anilkumble1074 ! Have learnt so much from you and you are the bes… https://t.co/vMeSG71riv— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 1571282005000
Here's how Kumble's other former team-mates, including BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh, wished him on his birthday.
@anilkumble1074 happy birthday Kumble’s... have a great day .. lots of happiness and good wishes to you— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 1571293155000
Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074 May God shower you with blessings to… https://t.co/6c34I4rmlg— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1571270440000
Greatest spinner ever played the game.. biggest match winner for india.. happy birthday @anilkumble1074 my bowling… https://t.co/yVPX3qSXMY— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1571279587000
Many more happy returns of the day to India’s greatest match winner @anilkumble1074 bhai. May you continue to insp… https://t.co/i0XkBbt4Ie— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1571283130000
Last week, Kumble was appointed the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab for the 2020 edition.
The 48-year-old was also being put in charge of "all cricket-related affairs" of the team for the foreseeable future, co-owner of the franchise Mohit Burman had confirmed.
The appointment makes Kumble the only Indian coach in the IPL, ESPNcricinfo had reported on Friday.
Kumble finished his career with 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets. His tally of 619 Test wickets is the most by an Indian bowler.
Kumble also took ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999 and became only the second cricketer in history after Jim Laker to achieve the feat.
Kumble also coached the Indian cricket team for a brief period of time. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
In 2015, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.