India news August 16, 2009

Kambli retires from international cricket

Cricinfo staff

Vinod Kambli, who last played international cricket in 2000 and senior domestic cricket in 2004-05, has announced his retirement from international cricket. He will continue to make himself available for domestic selection.

Kambli made the announcement at the inauguration of his sports academy, Khel Bharati, in the presence of Virender Sehwag, who inaugurated the academy, and Ramakant Acharekar, who coached Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar during their youth.

Kambli, 37, has gradually gone farther and farther from the selectors' sights after he was dropped in 2000. His international career was a classic story of promise gone wrong. He announced himself to the world with double-centuries in his third and fourth Tests, but sadly took the fast route to destruction. He made nine comebacks into the ODI team, but played his last Test in 1995, before he had turned 24. Since being out of the Indian and Mumbai teams, he has tried his hand at movies and reality shows on the small screen.

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  • Hilton on August 17, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    An average of 54.20 in 17 test and 32.59 in 104 ODI's, Is enough to show that the guy could bat. These stat's are better off than some of the current players playing in the current squad. Some currently still hold their places with AVG below 32.59 in ODI's. The cause of his down fall is his own fault. At this level you need a certain level of decipline in behaviour and character. That can be seen in the Tendulkars Gangulls & Dravids. I always felt he could give more to Indian Cricket than what he gave. If he only had decipline & hard work to his game he would be right up there with Tendulkar "UNTOUCHABLE".

    Any ways best wishes to him for the future......

  • Venkat Narsimha pathi on August 17, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    First of all...WISH HIM ALL THE BEST FOR HIS FUTURE AND HIS ACADEMY... As a cricketer I think batsmen without technic and talent can't score 2 double hundreds in his just 3 rd and 4th test he failed....I agree with him,he is sacked from the team bcz of his Caste and Back-ground...They have given single match to play in his evercome back,Is it fair....How many times Sachin got chance to be back in-form in 2000-2003...BCCI never bother about this,they wan money from both "Thier Palyers" and Cricket tournment like IPL (ICL is ignored...Competeion boss...)...Have they given him chance atleast to play in IPL,In which all players like Sehwag,Gambhir and Pathan had a great come back after this...So..My dear friends....Cricket in India means...BUSINESS...

  • Chinmay on August 17, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    I think Kambli was the strongest top middle order batsman in his days.Lets not compare him with anybody.May be it may happen that those who are now the best batsman that we think today will be now where near to those new age Batsman in future.

    Wish him a very good luck for his current Job.

  • baba on August 17, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Promise gone wrong? He was not a technically strong batsman, particularly against pace, that too in the offside. He was given a long stint in international following his initial performance. He's no way near to Dravid, Lakshman, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Sehwag. So, how can you expect him to find a place in Indian team?

  • asad on August 17, 2009, 6:05 GMT

    hehe i feel sorry for him. he thought he could still be selected. poor lad.

  • Pratik on August 17, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Hmm .. didnt know he was still up for selections.. didnt know performing for reality shows could warrant a comeback in the indian team. Anyways thanks Mr. Kambli for letting us know that you have retired from international cricket or else would have been a great 10th comeback and could have made others FACE the TRUTH!!

  • Murali on August 17, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    Kambli was the nice middle order batsman with nice batting potencials.

  • Rohit on August 17, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    Wish him all the good luck for his ventures outside the cricket field. Hope Khel Bharati churns out many more swashbuckling batsmen like him.

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