Several fans echoed Kohli’s words and appreciated his gesture. But there were still others who trolled him recalling the infamous tussle the two had back in 2017, which ended in Kumble resigning from the position of the coach of the Indian cricket team.
“Wish you a very happy birthday Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074. Have a great day,” wrote current India captain on Twitter.
Wish you a very happy birthday Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074. Have a great day.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 17, 2020
One user on Twitter alleged that Kohli insulted Kumble.
आपने तो बहुत बेज़्ज़त किया उन्हें
— Abhinav Jaipur (@asabhisays) October 17, 2020
“You were the only one who ditched him,” read another comment.
You were the only one who ditched him.
— Krishna Deshmukh (@ImKrishna423) October 17, 2020
One user wrote, “It would be the best birthday gift if you let him be the coach of (the) team.”
It would be best birthday gift if you let him be a coach of a team
— Krsna (@Krsna42553522) October 17, 2020
Another user expressed surprise at Kohli wishing Kumble using a meme.
— Srivathsav M (@SrivathsavMura1) October 17, 2020
“Shocked! Is this really happening!” exclaimed a user.
Shocked…..is this really happening!!!
— Keerthana Nair (@KeerthanaNair1) October 17, 2020
Here’s one funny comment by one of the users: “When your mom makes you wish that uncle you hate on his birthday only so that she does not get embarrassed at family gatherings with comments about your character.”
When your mom makes you wish that uncle you hate on his birthday only so that she does not get embarrassed at family gatherings with comments about your character. https://t.co/SqgxBfSplC
— Saumya Mehta (@saumyameh) October 17, 2020
There were also several users who posted pictures of Kohli and Kumble together sharing warm moments on the field on and off the field.
— urstrulykumar™ (@fanofssmb123) October 17, 2020
— Billa Shiva (@Billa_Shiva_) October 17, 2020
One user expressed his satisfaction with Kohli’s gesture. He tweeted, “I had never expected this tweet from you, lots of respect for you. You have certainly evolved as a person and this is a lesson – Forgive and Forget”
Coincidentally, Kings XI Punjab coached by Kumble has lost all their matches in the ongoing IPL tournament, except the two played against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. The split between Kohli and Kumble has been a hotly contested topic ever since it has come to light. While some BCCI officials said the two had disagreements regarding the team selection, there were others who said it was due to their decision making in the field.