Anil Kumble

A blunder from BCCI on Jumbo's birthday?

[caption id="attachment_39120" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Anil Kumble didn't travel with the team to West Indies today. File pic Today is Anil Kumble's 47th birthday.
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Internet Desk: The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) has deleted their tweet on legendary Indian cricketer and former coach Anil Kumble’s birthday after facing a lot of criticism from his fans on twitter. In their first tweet on Kumble’s birthday they described the legendary Indian captain as a "former bowler"

This is raising questions in everyone’s mind as Kumble left the post of India’s head coach, by saying that his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli was "untenable".

The BCCI wished Kumble on his 47th birthday but they only mentioned him as the nation’s 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? Wasn't he also Captain and Coach and is India's leading Wicket taker?" replied television journalist and author Digvijay Singh Deo on Twitter.

Other fans urged the board to give Kumble his "due respect". The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him "former captain" and "legend", but the damage was done.

Kumble's relationship with the BCCI was the subject of much speculation after his resignation.

It was reported in the Indian press that board officials tried to salvage ties between Kumble amd Kohli, but that the relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble, who played for India for 17 years, has never commented publicly on the matter. Ravi Shastri was since been appointed coach of the Indian side.

Kumble, or 'Jumbo' as he is fondly known, remains India's highest Test wicket-taker with his 619 scalps in 132 matches.

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