In a gesture that resonated with simplicity and civic responsibility, former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble opted for a Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus ride back home from the airport on a day marked by a transporters’ strike in the city.
The 52-year-old legendary leg-spinner, known for his humility both on and off the cricket field, shared a snapshot of his journey aboard an air-conditioned Volvo bus on social media platform [X], formerly known as Twitter. Accompanying the picture, Kumble wrote, “BMTC trip back home today from the airport.”
In the photograph, Kumble can be seen standing in the bus, holding onto a handlebar for support, with fellow passengers seated calmly behind him. This spontaneous and humble action by the cricket icon swiftly garnered attention and admiration from netizens.
The post, shared just a few hours ago, has already received an impressive 13,200 likes on [X], with users pouring in their appreciation and support for his decision to embrace public transport.
One user remarked, “So simple and down to earth, Kumble Sir.”
Another user highlighted the efficiency of BMTC buses, stating, “Best way to travel to the airport is by BMTC.”
Public Transportation’s Importance
Acknowledging the importance of public transportation, a third user wrote, “People don’t give credit to BMTC buses as it deserves, one of the best in India.”
Several users emphasized the positive impact of public figures endorsing public transport. A fourth user commented, “Excellent. Elites of society using public transport is good for society. And Kumble is the gold standard anyway.”
A fifth user suggested, “We need icons to advertise public transport like this. That way, we will have less traffic.”
Meanwhile, the transport strike, organized by the Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Associations, led to the absence of lakhs of private vehicles, including autos, taxis, maxi cabs, goods vehicles, and corporate buses on the roads. This caused disruptions in daily commutes for school students, office-goers, and other residents of Bengaluru.
The federation’s strike primarily seeks a ban on bike taxis and urges the government to extend the Shakti scheme, which offers free bus rides to women on state-run transport buses, to private buses as well. These demands underscore the need for improvements in the public and private transport sectors, sparking a broader conversation about sustainable and accessible transportation in the city.
As Anil Kumble’s simple yet impactful gesture gains traction, it serves as a reminder of the significance of public transport in urban areas and the potential for public figures to inspire change through their actions.