Anil Kumble recently visited the Tadoba Andhari National Park in Chandrapur in Maharashtra and, like most of us, turned a photographer during his visit.
Only the photos, which he shared on Twitter, are anything but amateurish.
I had a once in a lifetime sighting of Maya the tigress in #Tadoba, who was protecting her territory from another tigress. The sequence of pictures shared depicts the ferocious chase that culminated in a fight and a civilised way of asking the intruder to leave her territory. pic.twitter.com/S7PXytLutg— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) November 27, 2019
He captured a rare sight of a tigress, Maya, protecting her territory from another tigress. And the series of photos do complete justice to the animal's ferociousness and grace of movement.
Twitterati quickly commended his stellar photography skills:
Sir , your photography just amazed me, and reminded me of great animal lover , Austin Steven from south Africa... sheer class 👍👏👏👏👏👏— ashutosh tamta🌳🌱 (@tamtaashutosh) November 27, 2019
Beautifully captured— Rajat Kamra (@rajatkamra18) November 27, 2019
Wwooaahhh— abhikdas (@abhikdas) November 27, 2019
Awesome shots— Niranjan Raj Urs C G ನಿರಂಜನ ರಾಜ್ ಅರಸ್ (@NiranjanaRajUrs) November 27, 2019
Wow 😮😍❤️🐯 Fantastic, Superb photography— Adithya Gowda (@adithya1990) November 27, 2019
I have grown up in Chandrapur District (where Tadoba is located) and been to Tadoba so many times, but never once had the fortune of sighting a tiger. Really is a once in a lifetime capture @anilkumble1074 Sir— Swapnil (@swapnilW11) November 27, 2019
Amazing shots! Thanks for sharing. What an experience.— Prashant Mohan (@prashantmrao) November 27, 2019
Must need nerves of steel to keep clicking in the midst of a tiger fight, while in an open jeep.......and ignore the natural instinct of getting the hell out of there!!! 😂🤣— Om Lal Mehta (@omlalmehta) November 27, 2019
But then after all, Jumbos aren't scared of tigers! Kudos to @anilkumble1074 🐘>🐅
Beautiful clicks sir— Narasinha Joshi (@anilavanya) November 27, 2019
No words. Out of the world pics...— Ramkumar (@ditturam) November 27, 2019
This isn't the first time that Anil Kumble has captured animals in their natural habitat, or proven his expertise with a camera. And he has often taken to Instagram to share his passion for wildlife photography.
Looks like nature might just be Kumble's new pitch!
All images from Anil Kumble's post on Twitter, unless specified otherwise.