Anil Kumble turns 50: Kohli, Raina, Gambhir among India players with birthday wishes, Sehwag hilarious as usual

Adoringly known as ‘Jumbo’ among his peers and fans, former India captain and current Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble turned 50 on October 17 and Indian cricketers have congratulated the legend on completing his ‘half-century’. Kumble, who captained India in 14 Tests, between 2007-2008, holds the record for the highest number of career wickets across the ODI (337 wickets) and Test (619 wickets) formats for India.

Kumble’s India teammate VVS Laxman has given him a shout out as the ‘man who taught us to never give up no matter what’. Laxman referred to the 2002 incident in Antigua wherein Kumble did his captain Sourav Ganguly, his team, and the entire nation proud when he appeared with a broken jaw, refusing to quit.

Playing away from home, against West Indies, Kumble bowled a spell of 14 overs and dismissed Brian Lara while bowling with a broken jaw, a day before his flight back to India for his surgery. “At least I can now go home with the thought that I tried my best,” Kumble had said about his refusal to just “sit around”.

It was labelled as “one of the bravest things I’ve seen on the field of play” by cricketing giant Viv Richards.

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has labelled Jumbo as the biggest match-winner that India has had.

Virender Sehwag, the biggest entertainer on Twitter, quipped about having an extra wicket in international cricket, over and above his 137 dismissals, as he had once given Anil Kumble the wrong advice which led to Jumbo losing his wicket for 87. Sehwag was referring to the 4th Test, in Adelaide, of India’s tour of Australia in 2004.

Other Indian cricketers starting from captain Virat Kohli to Kumble’s former teammate Suresh Raina have showered the newly turned 50-year-old with kind wishes.

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