Social networking site Twitter is flooded with birthday messages for India’s record Test wicket-taker and former head coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday.
Joining the fans, former and current Indian players such as Sachin Tendukar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina took to Twitter to wish “Jumbo” on his 47th birthday.
Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one. pic.twitter.com/3vqMpqhu6E— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 17, 2017
However, many cricket fans are disappointed that Indian captain Virat Kohli is yet to wish the cricket legend, who had resigned from the post of head coach after an acrimonious fallout with the latter.
One of the fans asked “Kohli to keep aside his ego and wish Anil Kumble on his birthday”
Here is what the fans had to say:
Interestingly, Kohli last tweeted a picture featuring singer Arijit Singh barely five hours back, saying "Pure fanboy moment for me. What an amazing person he is. No one has captivated me with their voice like this man. God bless you Arijit."
It's, however, not yet confirmed whether Kohli wished Kumble over phone or other medium.
Meanwhile, the The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) hastily deleted a birthday message for Kumble after fans took offence at the legendary spinner being described simply as a “former bowler”.
“Here’s wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday,” read the BCCI message on its official Twitter account, before the post was deleted.
Fans of Kumble were angered, saying the board was playing down the achievements of India’s greatest bowler.
“Umm bowler? Wasnt he also Captain and Coach and is India’s leading Wicket taker?” replied television journalist and author Digvijay Singh Deo on Twitter.
The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him “former captain” and “legend”, but the damage was done.