Spin legend Anil Kumble turns 48

Kolkata, Oct 17 (UNI) Spin legend and India’s top international wicket-taker Anil
Kumble turned 48 on Wednesday.

Chief Ministers, fans, followers, well-wishers and colleagues took to Twitter to
wish India’s top international wicket-taker Kumble their best regards on this day
through heartfelt messages and old pictures.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished him on the occasion.
” Wishing @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday,” Ms Banerjee posted on
her social networking page.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted, “Wishing a
happy birthday to @anilkumble1074, one of the most loved and celebrated
Indian cricketers. May he be blessed with good health.”

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet said, ” To a dear friend and a
champion. Happy Birthday, @anilkumble1074!”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted, “Happy birthday to India’s
top international wicket-taker, @anilkumble1074!. 619 Test wickets, 337 ODI
wickets, One of two men to take 10 wickets in a Test innings.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a tweet said, “Happy 
Birthday @anilkumble1074 – On the occasion of the former Captain’s birthday, 
we look back at one of his most iconic Test match spells.”

Veteran cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Happiest birthday to one of 
India’s greatest ever match winners, a man who defined grit and courage. 
Those toe-crushing yorkers to tail-enders are something even pace bowlers 
struggle to execute. Have a great & jumbo life ahead @anilkumble1074 bhai !”
Cricketer Aakash Chopra said, “Here’s wishing a batman’s nightmare but a
short-leg fielder’s delight a very Happy Birthday. Have a great year @anilkumble
1074.”

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted, “Happy birthday to my idol, and my 
teammate, and an inspiration! Hope you have a lifetime of success in every path 
you take! Have a great day ahead 🙂 love always Anil bhai @anilkumble1074.”
Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman in his tweet said, ” Birthday greetings to 
@anilkumble1074 . May you have a blessed life and enjoy success in every thing 
you do. Best wishes.”

Veteran cricketer Vinod Kambli tweeted, “From being room mates to having our
names jumbled up on international tours, it has been a pleasure to have known you
and have played with a fighter Cricketer like you.KUMBLE’S Many happy returns of
the day, @anilkumble1074

Cricketer Manoj Tiwari in a tweet said, “Many many happy returns of the day
@anilkumble1074 bhai. God bless you and your family with lots of happiness always.”
Born on this day in 1970, Kumble, is a former Indian cricketer and a former captain
of Tests and ODIs, who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years.
A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket 
and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time (as of 2018, behind Muttiah 
Muralitharan and Shane Warne).

In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test
match innings, joining England’s Jim Laker as the only players to achieve the feat.
Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, but relied primarily
on pace, bounce, and accuracy.

He was nicknamed “Jumbo”. Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in
1993, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.
One of the finest spinners India has ever produced, Kumble was awarded the Padma
Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2005.

After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international
cricket in November 2008.
In October 2012, Kumble was appointed the chairman of International Cricket
Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.

Between 2012 and 2015, Kumble held positions as a chief mentor for the teams
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
He was also a former head coach of the Indian cricket team as well.

In February 2015, he became the fourth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC 
Hall of Fame.