Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IBNS): Former Indian cricket captain and spinning legend Anil Kumble turned 48 on Wednesday.
An engineer and lover of photography, Kumble made his Test debut against England in 1990.
He continued to be India's strength in spin bowling department until he retired in 2008.
Kumble, a right-arm leg spinner, clinched 619 wickets, becoming the third highest wicket-taker of all time, in 132 Test matches.
Creating record, Kumble became the first Indian bowler to pick all 10 wickets of a Test innings in 1999 against Pakistan. Apart from Kumble, the feat has been achieved by England's Jim Laker.
Playing 271 ODI matches, the leg spinner took 337 wickets.
Succeeding Rahul Dravid, Kumble became the Indian Test captain in November 2007 and continued till his retirement.
In 2008, Kumble began his Indian Premier League (IPL) journey with home team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He had also captained the side for almost two seasons during his three-year contract with the IPL franchise.
Kumble announced his retirement from IPL in 2011. Post retirement, he was appointed as the chief mentor of RCB but he left the position in 2013 only to assume the same post in Mumbai Indians.
He resigned as the mentor of Mumbai Indians in 2015.
In 2010, Kumble became the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. Two years later, the former skipper was appointed as the new Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee.
In mid-2016, Kumble was selected as the coach of the Indian cricket team by a three-member committee, which comprised former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, for a period of one year.
However, prior to the completion of his term as coach, Kumble had quit citing his "untenable" differences with captain Virat Kohli.
On the occasion of 48th birthday of Jumbo, the name in which Kumble is known in the Indian team, several of his former teammates showered wishes on the spinning giant.
Sachin Tendulkar said in a tweet, "To a dear friend and a champion. Happy Birthday, @anilkumble1074!"
Sharing a funny picture on Twitter, VVS Laxman tweeted,"Birthday greetings to @anilkumble1074 . May you have a blessed life and enjoy success in every thing you do. Best wishes"
Mohammed Kaif said: "Wishing you a very happy birthday @anilkumble1074 bhai. May you have a enjoyable and memorable year ahead."
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 !"
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 ! pic.twitter.com/RN5jXb6onl— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2018
Spinning sensation, 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"
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 pic.twitter.com/6VxuwbXuGU— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 17, 2018
Yuvraj Singh said in a tweet, "Many happy returns of the day jumbo lots of love and best wishes legend !"