When Sohini noticed that former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble was on the same flight as her on Tuesday, she could hardly contain her joy.
Sohini, a huge fan of the cricketer, immediately took to Twitter to rave about the cricketing legend. In a tweet, she mentioned spotting him on the same flight as hers and also referenced the famous match between India and West Indies in which Kumble bowled with a bandaged jaw after suffering an injury. Kumble bowled 14 overs in the match and even picked the crucial wicket of Brian Lara in spite of his fractured jaw.
Sohini also added that she was feeling sentimental and was trying to muster courage to go and speak to Kumble on the flight. She tagged him on her tweet without really hoping for a response as Kumble is not known to be a Twitter bug or an avid user of social media.
But it appears the cricketer certainly keeps track of his Twitter account.
To Sohini’s surprise and delight, Kumble responded with a tweet asking her to come over and meet him after the flight took off.
The duo met after the flight took off with Sohini admitting that she would not have met him if it was not for the response from Kumble.
She even made sure that she got an autograph of the cricketer and, quite aptly, it was on the boarding pass of the flight.
She tweeted a pic of the autograph saying: “Will have to get a boarding pass framed now. Thank you, @anilkumble1074. Someday I want to learn humility from you.”
The sequence of events occurred on a flight from Bengaluru to Mumbai. The former Indian leg spinner, who hails from Bengaluru, retired from cricket 10 years ago. Since then, he has worked as a commentator and as coach of the Indian cricket team. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2015.