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Anil Kumble turns 49; Cricket fraternity pours in wishes

New Delhi: Former leg-spinner Anil Kumble has turned 49 today and the cricket fraternity continues to pour in wishes for ‘Jumbo’.

He is considered to be one of the greatest of all-time bowlers in world cricket and as the greatest match-winner to have ever played for India in test cricket.

Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag tweeted, “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.”

In an interview, Kumble had revealed that Sehwag asked to just for a boundary to get to the 100-run mark. But unfortunately, he got dismissed in the nineties.

Former batsman and present BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir recalled Kumble as ‘India’s greatest match winner’. He 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.”

VVS Laxman tweeted, “Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074 May God shower you with blessings today and always and I am sure this special day will bring you endless joy and tons of precious memories!”

“Greatest spinner ever played the game.. biggest match winner for india.. happy birthday @anilkumble1074 my bowling partner and guru,” tweeted Harbhajan Singh.

“Many more happy returns of the day to India’s greatest match winner @anilkumble1074 bhai. May you continue to inspire and have a healthy and joyful life ahead,” tweeted Mohammad Kaif.

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.

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