Let’s start from beginning.
Any 90’s kid growing up had at least once harboured a dream of becoming like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at some point in their lives. He is a phenomenal cricketer as well as very humble human being. He had been the backbone of Indian cricket the years he played for India, he was a team player and contributed everything for the team when needed.
“Cricket is my religion, Sachin is my God” that’s what the fans said about him, he is literally considered as cricketing god, and why not? He has such an incredible record against all cricket-playing nations irrespective of the venue where he played. He is really pride of our country and always a true gentleman to look for on the field and off the field.
His simplicity, commitment, hard work and dedication towards the game made him gain billions of fans all around the world. He selflessly served the nation for 24 years (1989-2013).
Just a brief look at his career and records :
On the other hand Vinod Ganpat Kambli was born on 18th January 1972 in Mumbai. He played 17 tests matches and 104 one day Internationals for India. He made his test debut against England in 1993 but his test career ended abruptly as he played his last test in 1995 Vs New Zealand while he played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in 2000. His debut was very impressive as he scored couple of hundreds and double hundreds in his first few matches.
Despite of such a short career he was considered as a very talented player who could not be able to utilize is talent properly, success got to his head. Many cricketing critics say that it was his reckless attitude and giving more and more to unprofessional activities that became a cause of his decline, he spent most of his time doing partying and chilling than practicing. It was his attitude and ego more than anything else that was responsible for the downfall of the graph of his career.
That’s where it went wrong, When the West Indies team exposed his weakness against the short pitch deliveries, Kambli found himself vulnerable against that attack, although he was a very good player of spin bowling but he was unable to counter the short pitch deliveries of fast bowling attack, his average was almost 20 in that series.
It was the time when Ganguly, Laxman and Dravid made their test debut then the door of hope for Vinod Kambli in the national team was got closed. New breed of youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag who made their debut in 2000 that was the time when Kambli played his last International match.
Friendship Between Sachin And Kambli :
Sachin and Kambli were friends from school, Sachin was 15 and Kambli was 16 when they made the world record partnership of 664 runs (Kambli 349* and Sachin 326*). Both the players were blessed with the brilliant cricketing talent, Sachin made his debut in 1989 but Kambli had to wait three more years to get to the International arena. Starting few years in international cricket for both friends were good, but as the time progresses Kambli faded into Sachin’s obscurity. However Sachin retired in 2013 as one of the greatest cricketers of all times while Kambli’s career did not prolong too long as he played his last One Day International in 2000.
According to some cricketing experts Kambli was “more talented” than Sachin. He scored a double century in his first test series (224 runs) and in the next match he scored another double century (227 runs) to become the first Indian and the third cricketer to score back to back double centuries. He gave ample glimpse of his talent as he became the fastest Indian to score 1000 test runs and the possibility of him to pursue a good cricketer ahead was very high.
Most of the time, as per the statements he gave in media, Kambli was annoyed with Sachin because he didn’t meet him or didn’t help him to earn his place back in the team but Sachin has avoided saying anything about this in media as it would give negative imprint on his career and Sachin was not the reason for his declination. Sachin avoided him and slowly their relation only seen in article or a record made by them in their childhood.
Now thing seem to be getting back on track for the duo. They were recently seen exchanging pleasantries at Rajdeep Sardesai’s book launched “Democracy’ XI”. Sachin also made references about their struggles as budding cricketers in the overwhelming cricketing world of the Mumbai circuits.