ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Vinod Kambli
Full name Vinod Ganpat Kambli
Born January 18, 1972, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Current age 45 years 218 days
Major teams India, Boland, Mumbai
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Kolkata, Jan 29-Feb 2, 1993 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v New Zealand at Cuttack, Nov 8-12, 1995 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Oct 18, 1991 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Oct 29, 2000 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Mumbai v Madhya Pradesh at Mumbai, Nov 16-19, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1989/90|
|Last List A||Bengal v Mumbai at Kolkata, Feb 9, 2004 scorecard|
Born and bred in Mumbai, Vinod Kambli's flashy strokeplay, flamboyant personality and fondness for gold jewellery were more West Indies than West India. A precocious talent, he was 17, and Sachin Tendulkar 16, when they put on a world-record unbroken 664-run partnership in a school match. Kambli started his Test career three years after Tendulkar, and three years after he had hit the first ball he received in the Ranji Trophy for six. But what a start it was: in his first seven Tests he racked up two double-centuries and two single ones. His footwork was dazzling against the spinners - he once smashed Shane Warne for 22 runs in an over - but he often got himself into a tangle against the short ball, and his flash to gully soon became a trademark. Kambli's problems were compounded by indiscipline and an obsession with the width of his bat-handle, which had nine grips on at one time. He made as many as nine comebacks into the one-day team, but played his last Test in 1995 before he had turned 24. He wasn't picked in the Indian ODI team after October 2000 and retired from international cricket in 2009. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in 2011.
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