Is Anil Kumble ever far from fanfare? From his time as player and skipper to his current stint as coach of the Indian team, the man is never far from the headlines, and Monday (October 17) gave his colleagues and fans the chance to celebrate Jumbo on occasion of his 46th birthday.
The two that stood out were Virender Sehwag, expectedly so, and R Ashwin, who is Kumble’s heir apparent. While Sehwag had his rhymes, Ashwin had a wish that Kumble appeared to have neatly dodged.

As expected though, there was a jumbo-sized queue of people who wanted to wish the legspinning legend.

Meanwhile, over at Anil Kumble circle…

It was also Aravinda de Silva’s birthday.

… and this should give you an idea of just how good this man was.

Mohandas Menon managed to find more than just a birth date to connect the two.

It’s raining birthdays people.

Yesterday was the date of Kapil Dev’s opening Test. Today is the date of his final Test. Almost poetic.

Oh, hello!

R Ashwin is normally quite subtle when putting the haters in place. Not quite this time around.

Harbhajan reciprocated.

And later, Ashwin found the perfect way to pass time.

Darren Sammy’s seeds. What are they?

We hadn’t heard from Geoffrey Boycott in a while. He made up for his absence quickly.

And to end, that’s a nice way to work up an appetite.