Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli
Personal information
Full name Vinod Ganpat Kambli
Born (1972-01-18) 18 January 1972
Mumbai, 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
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 ( 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. He played a supporting role in the Kannada film Bettanagere.[4][5][6]

Early life

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

He shared an unbroken partnership of 664 runs in a school match against St. Xavier's School, Fort, with Sachin Tendulkar.[7] 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.[8] Kambli, who started his Ranji trophy career with a six off the first ball he faced,[9] soon followed Sachin in to the Indian team. Kambli made two double-centuries and two centuries in seven tests. Kambli also holds the record of "quickest 1000 test runs" by an Indian. He took just 14 test innings to reach this feat.[10] .

He scored 224 against England at Wankhede Stadium in 1993 as his maiden test century in his third test. In the next test against Zimbabwe, he scored 227. In his next test series he scored 125 and 120 against Sri Lanka. He is also the only cricketer to hit three consecutive test centuries in three innings, all centuries against different countries. In his 17 Tests, he averaged 69.13 in the first innings, and just 9.40 in the second innings, with a difference of 59.73.

He made his ODI debut in 1991 against Pakistan during the Wills Sharjah Trophy. He played world cup tournaments in 1992 and 1996. He has 2 ODI centuries in to his credit: 100 not out against England at Jaipur in 1993 and 106 against Zimbabwe at Kanpur in the 1996 World Cup. Cricket lovers won't forget the picture of Kambli crying when he went back to the dressing room after Sri Lanka were awarded the semi-final match of the 1996 World Cup.

He played for Boland province in the South African domestic circuit.

He played his last Test match at the age of only 24[11] while he played his last ODI in the year 2000 and formally announced his retirement from first class cricket on 22 September 2011.[12]

Two wards at Tihar Jail in Delhi were renamed after Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar.

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).


On 15 August 2009, Kambli launched his Khel Bharti Sports Academy[8] in Mumbai and announced his retirement from cricket as he wished to coach at Khel Bharti Academy.

List of test double centuries

No. Score Against Inn. Test Venue H/A Date Result
1 224  England 1 3 Wankhede Stadium, Bombay Home 19 February 1993 Won[9][10]
2 227  Zimbabwe 1 4 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Home 13 March 1993 Won[11]

Personal life

Vinod Kambli first married Noella Lewis, who was working as a receptionist at Hotel Blue Diamond (in Pune) in the year 1998.[12][13] After separating from her Vinod Kambli married fashion Model Andrea Hewitt, the couple has a child born in June 2010.[14] 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 arteries in 2012.


Vinod Kambli joined the Lok Bharati Party[15] and was appointed vice-president of the party. He contested the 2009 Assembly election from Vikhroli, Mumbai as a Lok Bharati Party candidate and lost the election.[16] However, he continues to do social work. In 2011, He supported Anna Hazare's campaign of India against Corruption.

Movie career

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

Year Film Language Cast Director Notes
2002 Annarth Hindi Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani Ravi Dewan [17]
2009 Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat Hindi Ajay Jadeja, Mahi Gill, Satish Shah V.K.Kumar Dubbed in Malayalam as Aayiram Varnangal
2015 Bettanagere Kannada Sumanth Shailendra, Akshay Mohan Gowda


Vinod Kambli made his debut on the small screen on DD National in a serial called Miss India in 2002.[18]


  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".
  3. India today. Aroon Purie for Living Media India Ltd. April 1993. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  4. Taniya Talukdar (2013-11-29). "Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack, Kannada debut to be delayed?". timesofindia. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  5. Aravind Gowda (2014-06-04). "Cricketer Kambli set for Kannada film debut". dailymail. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  6. Kavya Christopher (2015-10-27). "Vinod Kambli's Junglee avatar for Kannada film". timesofindia. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  7. "Vinod Kambli: Statistics, Milestones, Articles, News, Pictures".
  8. "Kambli awaits Sachin's visit to new academy".
  9. "India vs. England, Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, February 19–23, 1992". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  10. "Youngest Indian double century-Vinod Kambli 224 vs England". youtube. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  11. "India vs. Zimbabwe, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, March 13–17, 1993". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  12. Vinod Kambli. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  13. Story- July 1998. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  14. Times of India. (12 January 2010). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  15. "Vinod Kambli takes on a different ball game".
  16. Kambli, Yuvraj's father lose in election – IBNLive. (23 October 2009). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  17. India today international. Living Media India Ltd. January 2001. p. 74. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  18. Kambli captures Miss India. 29 May 2004
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