Disturbed and traumatised at reports that he had slammed his childhood friend on a TV show, Vinod Kambli tells Mid-day's Clayton Murzello of Sachin Tendulkar's reaction and more. Excerpts:
Have you slept well? Yes (laughs). The first night was bad (after the news came out) because it was unexpected. I am never into any controversy and will certainly not get into anything like this.
The whole case has everyone guessing. Is Vinod Kambli telling the truth in his denial? Did he actually say something against Sachin? Are we being fooled?
I don't think the public will be fooled. People know who I am and I am sure they have heard various people from the cricketing fraternity on television. Many have come out and supported me and I thank them. And yes, there were some who pretended to be my friends, but were actually stabbing me in the back.
Is this a publicity stunt?
I don't need publicity at this stage of my life. I have played for India well enough to be known.
Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo