When Anil Kumble stunned a woman co-passenger on his flight
The passenger managed to get her boarding pass signed by the legendary spinner.
Updated - Oct 9, 2018 9:38 pm
He has been a warrior of many memorable battles on the field. Even when he had to exit from the position of India’s national coach last year, Anil Kumble had found a solid support behind him – such has been the adulation for him. And the former Indian captain and India’s highest wicket-taker in international cricket never forgets to give the love he gets back to his fans.
Recently, Kumble, who will turn 48 later this month, revealed his generous side yet one more time. He was travelling on a flight from Bengaluru to Mumbai when one of his woman co-passengers saw him and couldn’t resist the temptation to meet him. She found a unique way out. She took to Twitter and mentioned the historic Test in the Windies in 2002 in which Kumble had bowled with a broken jaw.
Kumble suffered the injury while batting but did not leave the game and returned with a bandage to hold his jaw together and he bowled 14 overs in that game and also got the prized wicket of Brian Lara. However, that game in Antigua ended in a draw and all eleven players in the Indian team had bowled.
Here is the fan tweet
I want to go up to @anilkumble1074 and say a 'Thank You' for all the joy, all the victories, all the memories. But, I am getting cold feet.
— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) October 9, 2018
Kumble, the gentleman, responded to his fan
Kumble noticed the tweet by his fellow passenger and he replied by inviting her to come over to him for an introduction. Kumble, however, remembered the flight rules and asked her to meet him only after the flight took off.
The passenger managed to get her boarding pass signed by the legendary spinner and had a good response from her friends. The cricketer, too, was appreciated for his down-to-earth approach which one said made him a role model.
Here is Kumble’s reply
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 9, 2018
Kumble has 619 wickets in 132 Tests which makes him the third highest wicket-taker in the longer format after Muttaiah Muralidharan (800) and Shane Warne (708). In the ODIs, he is India’s highest wicket-taker with 337 scalps, which makes him the ninth best in the world list.