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'Jai jai Shiv Shambho, Happy Birthday Jumbo!'

Last updated on: October 17, 2017 12:17 IST

Anil Kumble

IMAGE: India's spin legend Anil Kumble. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Anil Kumble turned 47 on Tuesday, and it wasn’t surprising that birthday greetings poured in from all quarters for the legendary cricketer.

A former India captain and coach, Kumble claimed 619 wickets in Tests and 337 in ODIs before calling it quits in 2008.

He finished as India's highest wicket-taker in Tests and only the third overall, behind fellow-spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

One of Indian cricket's biggest match-winners, he also enjoyed an impressive one-year tenure head coach of the Indian team before difference with captain Virat Kohli forced him to resign earlier this year.


Current and former team-mates took to Twitter to wish Kumble, popularly referred to as 'Jumbo' by his team mates.

Check out some of the messages below:

Sachin Tendulkar: "Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one."

Virender Sehwag: "On Dhanteras, wishing one of India's greatest Dhan @anilkumble1074 bhai a very happy birthday. Jai jai Shiv Shambho, Happy Birthday Jumbo !"

Rohit Sharma: "Truly one of the legends of Indian cricket and played massive part in Indian cricket's success. Many happy returns @anilkumble1074"

Harbhajan Singh: "A perfect role model, an inspiration to many and a very humble man. Happy birthday @anilkumble1074! God bless."

VVS Laxman: "Wishing one of India's greatest match winners , @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. May you have a great day and year ahead."

Cheteshwar Pujara: "A very happy birthday to one of the finest players & an amazing human being. Always inspiring. Have a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074."