Anil Kumble turns 44, joins Twitter on his birthday

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Updated: Friday, October 17, 2014, 15:54 [IST]
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Bangalore, Oct 17: Former captain and one of India's greatest match-winners, Anil Kumble turned 44 today. And on his birthday, he made Twitter debut.

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Kumble, who is India's highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs, on Friday morning announced his arrival on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Anil Kumble turns 44, joins Twitter

His twitter handle @anilkumble1074 has the most famous number in world cricket - 1074. His bowling figures of 10/74 against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla, only the second bowler, after Englishman Jim Laker, in Test history to claim all 10 wickets in an innings.

On February 7, 1999, Kumble took a "Perfect Ten", his second innings bowling analysis reading 26.3-9-74-10. He world record equalling feat gave India a massive 212-run victory.

"Finally on Twitter...& on a day that am a yr older and hopefully wiser! Looking forward...cheers," he wrote in his first tweet.

Fans were quick to welcome the former leg-spinner with birthday wishes and many started following the verified account. Kumble retweeted many tweets.

Born on October 17, 1970 in Bangalore, Kumble made his Test debut against England in Manchester in August 1990. He went on to captain India in 2007 and ended his 132-Test career with 619 wickets, still the highest for India. In 271 One Day Internationals, he had 337 victims, which is also an Indian record.

Recently, he said he became India skipper by default as nobody wanted it. "I became captain after playing 17 years for India so probably I became captain by default because nobody else wanted," he had said.

After his retirement from international cricket in 2008, he started his innings as an administrator at Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), becoming its president in 2010. He served for one term (2010 to 2013) and did not seek re-election.

He is currently the chief mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians. He is also serving as the chairman of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee.

Here are some of the tweets sent to Kumble.


Story first published:  Friday, October 17, 2014, 11:51 [IST]
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