New Delhi: Having stayed away from social media for all this while, former captain Anil Kumble finally gifted himself a Twitter handle on his 44th birthday on Friday as wishes soon poured into his account from fans and friends.

“Finally on Twitter…& on a day that am a yr older and hopefully wiser! Looking forward…cheers,” tweeted Kumble on his handle @anilkumble1074.

Nicknamed ‘Jumbo’ during his playing days, Kumble is one of the most respected cricketers to have led the Indian team. He ended his 18-year-old illustrious career with 619 wickets in 132 Tests and 337 wickets in 271 ODIs.

Iconic batsman and Kumble’s long-time teammate Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first to wish him on his birthday and welcomed ‘Jumbo’ in the world of Twitter.

“Happy b’day @anilkumble1074 … A true champion on the field & more importantly a good human,” @sachin_rt.

Currently the chairman of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee, Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2005. He has been a mentor to many an Indian spinner and Harbhajan Singh was one of them.

‘Bhajji’ wished Kumble on twitter, saying, “@anilkumble1074 welcome anil bhai on twitter.wish you a very happy birthday my spin partner.lots of love.regards @harbhajan_singh.

Kumble’s Indian Premier League (IPL) team, where he is the chief mentor, also wished the spinning great on his birthday.

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