Indian Cricket Team’s newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble interacted with fans via BCCI’s Live Twitter on Tuesday (5th July 2016).
In his Twitter interaction which was named as #AskTheCoach, he revealed the master-mind behind the origin of his nickname ‘Jumbo’.
Here’s the question asked by his fan followed by the answer :
What's the origin of your nickname "JUMBO". I mean who came up with this fascinating name? #AskTheCoach
— Nimish Nandurkar (@imNim_Vk) July 4, 2016
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 5, 2016
“My nickname was coined by none other than Navjot Singh Sidhu. This was in an Irani Trophy game when I was playing for Rest of India at the (Feroze Shah) Kotla. He was standing at his customary mid-on position and one of the balls (from me) really took off. He said ‘Jumbo Jet’. The ‘Jet’ got dropped off and Jumbo remained. Ever since all my team-mates call me Jumbo.”, said Anil Kumble.