As former India’s leg-spinner Anil Kumble celebrates his 50th birthday, wishes continue to pour in for ‘Jumbo’.
Many Indian cricketers took to Twitter to extend birthday wishes for the spinner who has more than 600 Test wickets to his credit.
“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 Singh 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
Former India batsman VVS Laxman said that it was Kumble who taught everyone to never give up.
“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,” Laxman tweeted.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2020
Indian pacer Mohammad Shami also took to Twitter to extend birthday wishes to Kumble.
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) October 16, 2020
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise also extended their wished
Delhi Capital wrote: 619 Test wickets, of which Keycap ten will forever be etched into #QilaKotla’s memoirs t. Happy Birthday to one of Indian cricket’s finest legends, @Anilkumble1074
6️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ Test wickets, of which 🔟 will forever be etched into #QilaKotla‘s memoirs 💫💙
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) October 17, 2020
Currently, Kumble is with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab as the head coach.
Kumble finished his cricket career with 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets. His tally of 619 Test wickets is the most by an Indian bowler.
The spinner also took ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999 and as a result, he became only the second cricketer in history after Jim Laker to take all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match.
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.