Happy birthday, Anil Kumble!The former India captain and one of the greatest bowlers to have played cricket, turns 47 today. The fiery leg-spinner captained India in 14 Tests and oversaw three victories, five defeats and six draws.The inspirational leader was also appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team and during his one-year term, Virat Kohli-led India won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.However, two days after the Champions Trophy Kumble resigned from his post as his partnership with captain Kohli became ‘untenable’.BIRTHDAY WISHESFrom Sachin Tendulkar to Virender Sehwag, wishes continued to pour in on Twitter for the man who always played cricket the hard way.”Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one,” Tendulkar tweeted.Sehwag led Twitter tributes for the legendary spinner, “On Dhanteras, wishing one of India’s greatest Dhan @anilkumble1074 bhai a very happy birthday. Jai jai Shiv Shambho, Happy Birthday Jumbo!””Wishing one of India’s greatest match winners , @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. May you have a great day and year ahead,” legendary batsman VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.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, 2017A perfect role model, an inspiration to many and a very humble man. Happy birthday @anilkumble1074! God bless. pic.twitter.com/2u41DG9Q7Radvertisement- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 17, 2017Wishing one of India’s greatest match winners , @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. May you have a great day and year ahead. pic.twitter.com/JBCvgOeIBk- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2017On Dhanteras, wishing one of India’s greatest Dhan @anilkumble1074 bhai a very happy birthday.Jai jai Shiv Shambho,Happy Birthday Jumbo ! pic.twitter.com/avEDcOgeWJ- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2017Very happy birthday @anilkumble1074! Wishing you a fantastic, most amazing and an incredible day. Lots of love and success to you! ???? pic.twitter.com/BhC65ITp11- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 17, 2017Truly one of the legends of Indian cricket and played massive part in Indian cricket’s success. Many happy returns @anilkumble1074- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 17, 2017With 956 wickets, he’s third in the all-time top international wicket takers list!Happy Birthday to India leg-spin legend @anilkumble1074! pic.twitter.com/OHuXYxffhP- ICC (@ICC) October 17, 2017Happy birthday to Indias biggest match winner…have a great one @anilkumble1074 ?????????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2017Wishing a very happy birthday Anil Bhai. May all your dreams come true @anilkumble1074 ! pic.twitter.com/2UNvZof2tb- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 17, 2017Happy birthday to a true gentleman of cricket, @anilkumble1074 .. respect and best wishes always.- Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 17, 2017Happy Birthday @anilkumble1074 ! I wish you happiness, gr8 health & also a wonderful #diwali ! Take care.- Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 17, 2017Today: Aravinda de Silva is 52 & Anil Kumble is 47. In all internationals Kumble has dismissed deSilva most times – on 14 occasions!- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 17, 2017FUN FACTSAnil Kumble is India’s highest wicket taker in both Tests and one-day internationals. The leg-spinner took 619 wickets from 132 matches in the longest format and 337 wickets from 271 ODIs.Kumble made his Test debut in August 1990 against England at Manchester when he was 19. He made his ODI debut in April earlier that year against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Kumble’s cricket career was spread over 18 years in which he single-handedly lead India to famous victories.Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2005. He was inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame in 2015. The Karnataka leg-spinner became the fourth Indian after Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Bishan Singh Bedi to feature in the elite list.Kumble became the only second bowler after Jim Lakes to pick up all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match. The leg-spinner achieved the feat against Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla in 1999.Not just with the ball, Kumble was also a passable batsman. The right-hander scored his maiden century against England at The Oval in 2007.Kumble was handed the responsibility of captaincy during the fag end of his career. After taking over from Rahul Dravid, Kumble captained India in 14 Tests and won three, lost five and drew eight. The leg-spinner also led Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final in the second season of the Indian Premier League.The leg-spinner, who led India during the controversial 2008 tour to Australia, was lauded for the way he held the team together. The second Test in Sydney was marred by monkeygate scandal and poor umpiring decisions. Kumble, who kept his cool on the field, unleashed himself at the post-match press conference saying ‘only one team played in the spirit of the game’.advertisementAnil Kumble was included in World Anti-Doping Agency’s Standing Committee, that was aimed at monitoring global fight against doping, in 2009.Kumble began his role as cricket administrator when he was elected as the president of Karnataka State Cricket Association. In 2014, after the end of his three-year term with the board, he accused the board of misuse of funds and walked out of an association meeting.In 2012, Kumble was appointed as chairman of ICC Cricket Committee. He was reappointed as the committee’s head in 2013 and would be at the helm of things till 2018. Kumble was also the chief of BCCI’s Technical Committee before he stepped down in 2015.Kumble had successfully mentored IPL teams RCB and Mumbai Indians. During his three-year tenure as mentor of Mumbai between 2013 and 2015, the franchise went on win the title twice.