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Kambli retires from first-class cricket

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September 24, 2011

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Vinod Kambli swipes the ball towards midwicket, Mumbai Board President's XI v England, 1st day, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, November 18, 2001
Vinod Kambli scored 9965 first-class runs © Getty Images
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Former India batsman Vinod Kambli has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. Kambli, 39, had earlier retired from international cricket in 2009.

"Till the last year, I was raring to go [in domestic cricket]. I served Mumbai for long, but the selectors ignored me. I'm disappointed," Kambli said. "I wanted to play alongside Sachin [Tendulkar] for one last time, wanted to play in IPL but unfortunately that did not happen."

Kambli made his first-class debut for Mumbai in 1989 and played 129 games, scoring 9965 runs at an average of 59.67 including 35 centuries. He last played senior domestic cricket in 2004-05.

He made his international debut in 1993, and played 17 Tests, scoring 1084 runs at an average of 54.20 which included double-centuries in his third and fourth Tests. He also played 104 ODIs for India scoring 2477 runs, but erratic form and compounded by indiscipline problems meant he made as many as nine comebacks in the ODI team. He last played Test cricket in 1995 and wasn't picked in the ODI team after October 2000. Since being out of the Indian and Mumbai teams, he has tried his hand at movies and reality shows on the small screen.

Kambli indicated he would now most likely turn to coaching youngsters.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (September 25, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Why did he waste his talent.It would have been a wonderful experience to watch the two great friends kambli and sachin destroy bowling attacks if he did not get distracted by fame and off-field life.He has made 9 comebacks to odi team.Still couldn't do justice to his talent and to sachin's faith in him.Anyways have a great life ahead.Thank you for some entertainment.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 25, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

Kambli was ignored on purpose by the BCCI and their selection committee. He undoubtedly very talented player. If he had gotten more opportunities, he would have scored more runs. He had admitted that his career was ruined by his schoolmate, Sachin Tendulkar and must be true. Sachin is the one who ruined Dravid's career and kept him away from ODIs. Dravid proved during England series that the cricket is still left in him for at least 2 years. Anyway, good luck Kambli and sorry to lose a player like you much earlier.

Posted by Shreyas on (September 24, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

@ved975 would like to know who were d other batsmen to have scored consecutive double hundreds in test?

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 24, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

Kambli never did justice to his potential.i refuse to accept. His test average is remarkable. To carry an average of 54 for 17 test matches talks about the talent of the player. I guess his ouster from the team after 1996 World cup had lot to with the policy of Indian Board of that time. Harbhajan has been misbehaving for past many years. His test record is not something which can be boast off. Yet he finds his place in the team. During the Kambli era the so called new age professionalism was not a part of Indian Cricket. When it became the part players like Bhajji retained their places.

Posted by Sachit on (September 24, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Perhaps the biggest casualty of talent in past 2 decades. But he would also have to co-own the responsibility along with his bad luck. He forgot to get matured with age and always been in news for wrong reasons. At last prolonged injury in later half of his career did it all over for him. Still I was expecting him to bounce back at some point of time . But he committed an error again by expecting comeback in most professional domestic side (Mumbai). He would have rather tried to represent some other relatively inferior sides like his comrades Muzumdar and Bahutule did. Who knows few decent performances there could have atleast earned him a place in some IPL team and he would have got an opportunity altleast to sign off in style. Anyways hope he gets a better career now as a analyst, administrator or coach. Internationalized domestic Cricket (IPL & CLT20) these days have now opened so many options for former players to stick with the game in some or the other way and money in some way.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

The image that comes to mind when I think of Kambli is of him crying bitterly at the end of the WC semi-final match against the Lankans. He played cricket with a good degree of passion. While he did not live up to his potential it is also true that few batsman have or will ever be able to hit two conssecutive Test centuries. He and his fans can take solace from that. And indeed that astounding partnership with the GREATEST Sachin in school cricket. Kambli was the dominant partner.

Posted by ved on (September 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

Very sad, I still remember him being compared with Sir Don and one other great Len Hutton or Hammond....... I'm forgetting his name.... after his twin knocks of 200+ in continuous Test. More so he was the first left hander who has scored two 200+ in continuous Test other two being Right hander. Being compared with so biggies of the game it was really shame that he wasted his talent and no one but he himself to blame for his condition. Sachin tried many times to revive his place in the team of being accused of bias with his childhood friend. But this person neither could do justice with his talent not with belief imposed by his friend. Neither could he handle the short ball nor he amend the habit of fishing ourside of "OFF". Meanwhile India got the real character and talents in the name of Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman so nobody feels the emptiness of Kambli or for that matter A Manjrekar and Amre (their life dwindled coinciding with the emerging of above said players)

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 24, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

He was meant to be my local team's professional back in the 90s. Don't remember what happened, but we ended up with Sanjay Manjrekar instead.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 24, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Sad that this guy ended up as a wasted talent.Still remember him crying at the 1996 World Cup Semi-Final in Kolkata.

Posted by hari on (September 24, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Kambli-best example of fame dethroning talent. Seen as Sachin's equal, he faded out without giving a fight. At one stage his position in the XI was more secured than Sachin's. Yet he did not allow the talent to blossom. It appears he got carried away by the fame and took life too lightly. Kambli was a special talent and was best suited for all formats. If only he had been consistant he would have been a instant hit in T20. If Jayasurya can play at 40 Kambli would have definitely succeeded. His personal life also did not help Kambli and all in all it was a waste of talent. God proposes, man disposes! Indian cricket had a few such players who did not do justice to their talent - Maninder, Sadanand Vishwanath, Hirwani, Sivaramakrishnan, are a few examples. They did not have T20 or IPL to bail out but had enough opportunities to show case talent but did not do so. Each one sparkled for a few matches and died out. Kambli is one among them. All the best Kambli God bless you. Be happy always

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