Vinod Kambli

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Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli at Mumbai Marathon 2007 (7) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Vinod Ganpat Kambli
Born (1972-01-18) 18 January 1972 (age 43)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut 29 January 1993 v England
Last Test 8 November 1995 v New Zealand
ODI debut 18 October 1991 v Pakistan
Last ODI 29 October 2000 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–2005 Mumbai
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 17 104 129 221
Runs scored 1084 2477 9965 6476
Batting average 54.20 32.59 59.67 41.24
100s/50s 4/3 2/14 35/44 11/35
Top score 227 106 262 149
Balls bowled 4 777 156
Wickets 1 10 1
Bowling average 7.00 49.70 159.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/7 2/15 1/7
Catches/stumpings 7/– 15/– 56/– 50/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

Vinod Ganpat Kambli (About this sound pronunciation  (born 18 January 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, who played for India as a middle order batsman, as well as for Mumbai and Boland, South Africa.[1][2] He is a childhood friend of the Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.[3] Currently he appears as a cricket expert and commentator on various television channels. He has also appeared on various reality shows and done few serials and Bollywood films as an actor.

Early life[edit]

Kambli hails from Indira Nagar, Kanjurmarg, a suburb of Mumbai.The small patch of land that served as his first cricket pitch was surrounded on all sides by high-rise buildings.The scoring system was dictated by the lack of space, and the higher a batsman hit the ball into the buildings the more runs he scored. It explains why Kambli was one of the best over-the-top hitters of spin bowling.

School cricket and later[edit]

He shared an unbroken partnership of 664 runs in a school match against St. Xavier's School, Fort, with Sachin Tendulkar.[4] Kambli contributed 349 runs before their coach Acharekar forced the pair to declare; he then took 6 wickets for 37 in St. Xavier's first innings.[5] Kambli, who started his Ranji trophy career with a six off the first ball he faced,[6] soon followed Sachin in to the Indian team. Kambli made two double-centuries and two centuries in seven tests. He played his last Test match at the age of only 24[7] and formally announced his retirement from first class cricket on 22 September 2011.[8] He played his last ODI in the year 2000.

  • Test debut: India vs England at Kolkata, 1st Test, 1992/93
  • Last Test: India vs New Zealand at Cuttack, 3rd Test, 1995/96
  • ODI debut: India vs Pakistan at Sharjah, Wills Trophy, 2nd Match, 1991/92
  • Last ODI: India vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Coca-Cola Champions Trophy, 2000/01[9]

On 15 August 2009, Kambli launched his Khel Bharti Sports Academy[10] in Mumbai and announced his retirement from cricket as he wished to coach at Khel Bharti Academy.

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kambli's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

List of test double centuries[edit]

No. Score Against Inn. Test Venue H/A Date Result
1 224  England 1 3 Wankhede Stadium, Bombay Home 19 February 1993 Won[11][12]
2 227  Zimbabwe 1 4 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Home 13 March 1993 Won[13]


  • Kambli holds the record of "quickest 1000 test runs" by an Indian. He took just 14 test innings to reach this feat.[14] He is also the only cricketer to hit three consecutive test centuries in three innings, all centuries against different countries.

Personal life[edit]

Vinod Kambli first married Noella Lewis, who was working as a receptionist at Hotel Blue Diamond (in Pune) in the year 1998.[15][16] After separating from her Vinod Kambli married fashion Model Andrea Hewitt, the couple has a child born in June 2010.[17] The boy's name is Jesus Christiano.

Vinod Kambli converted to Christianity in 2010.

On Friday, 29 November 2013, Kambli was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, following a heart attack. Kambli was taken ill while he was driving from Chembur to Bandra and suddenly stopped the car. A policewoman on duty, Sujata Patil noticed he could not drive and arranged to rush him to Lilavati Hospital. Kambli had undergone angioplasty on two of his blocked Select a Team Foundation Server to view Team Project Collections

Politics[edit]

Vinod Kambli joined the Lok Bharati Party[18] and was appointed as vice-president of the party. He contested the 2009 Assembly election from Vikhroli, Mumbai as a Lok Bharati Party candidate and lost the election.[19] However, he continues to do social work. In 2011, He supported Anna Hazare's campaign of India against Corruption.

Movie career[edit]

Vinod Kambli has also appeared as an actor in two films.

Year Film Language Cast Director Notes
2002 Annarth Hindi Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani Ravi Dewan [20]
2009 Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat Hindi Ajay Jadeja, Mahi Gill, Satish Shah V.K.Kumar Dubbed in Malayalam as Aayiram Varnangal

Television[edit]

Vinod Kambli made his debut on the small screen on DD National in a serial called Miss India in 2002.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kunal Purandare (2011). Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero. Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-81-241-1582-4. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Ashish Magotra. "Kambli to play in South Africa". Rediff.com. 
  3. ^ India today. Aroon Purie for Living Media India Ltd. April 1993. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Pringle, Derek (8 August 2007). "Kambli the rising star who ran himself out". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  5. ^ Cricinfo: Shardashram Vidyamandir v St Xavier's High School, 1988. Static.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  6. ^ Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Vinod Kambli. Content-ind.cricinfo.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Vinod Kambli: The Departure of the Prodigal Son". 
  8. ^ Mulgund, Shreyas (23 September 2011). "Kambli announces retirement from first class cricket". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vinod Kambli: Statistics, Milestones, Articles, News, Pictures". 
  10. ^ "Kambli awaits Sachin's visit to new academy". 
  11. ^ "India vs. England, Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, February 19–23, 1992". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Youngest Indian double century-Vinod Kambli 224 vs England". youtube. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "India vs. Zimbabwe, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, March 13–17, 1993". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  14. ^ Records | Test matches | Batting records | Fastest to 1000 runs | ESPN Cricinfo. Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  15. ^ Vinod Kambli. uniBlogger.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  16. ^ Story- July 1998. Sabrang.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  17. ^ Times of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (12 January 2010). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Vinod Kambli takes on a different ball game". MumbaiMirror.com. 
  19. ^ Kambli, Yuvraj's father lose in election – IBNLive. Cricketnext.in.com (23 October 2009). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  20. ^ India today international. Living Media India Ltd. January 2001. p. 74. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Kambli captures Miss India. mid-day.com. 29 May 2004

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