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Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli
Kambli in 2007
Personal information
Full name
Vinod Ganpat Kambli
Born (1972-01-18) 18 January 1972 (age 52)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
BowlingRight arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 198)29 January 1993 v England
Last Test8 November 1995 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 80)18 October 1991 v Pakistan
Last ODI29 October 2000 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 17 104 129 221
Runs scored 1,084 2,477 9,965 6,476
Batting average 54.20 32.59 59.97 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 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/7 2/15 1/7
Catches/stumpings 7/– 15/– 56/– 50/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Champions Trophy
Runner-up 2000 Kenya
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1995 United Arab Emirates
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

Vinod Kambli (pronunciation; born 18 January 1972)[1] is an Indian former international cricketer, who played for India as a left-handed middle order batsman, as well as for Mumbai and Boland, South Africa.[2][3] Kambli became the first cricketer to score a century in a One-day International on his birthday.[4] He was a part of the squad which finished as runners-up at the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy.

He has the highest career batting average for an Indian test cricketer of 54[5][6] but he played his last test when he was just 23 years old. Thereafter, he was only considered to play for One Day International matches, although his last appearance in that format was also at the young age of 28.[7][8]

He has appeared as a commentator on various television channels and worked with a Marathi News channel as a cricket expert for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[9][10] He has also been a part of various reality shows and done a few serials and Bollywood films as an actor. He played a supporting role in the Kannada film Bettanagere.[11][12] Kambli is currently on the Cricket Improvement Committee for Mumbai Cricket Association [13]

Early life

Vinod Kambli was born into a Hindu family.[14] He hails from Indira Nagar, Kanjur Marg (Mumbai). He is a childhood friend of the Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.[15]

School cricket and later

He shared an unbroken partnership of 664 runs with Sachin Tendulkar in a school cricket match against St. Xavier's School, Fort. Kambli contributed 349 runs before their coach Acharekar forced the pair to declare the innings; he then took six wickets for 37 runs in St. Xavier's first innings.[16]

Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar during their school cricket days.

Kambli started his Ranji Trophy career with a six off the first ball he faced. He made his One Day International and Test debuts in 1991 and 1992, respectively. In Tests, he made four centuries including two double-centuries. He also holds the record for the Indian player to fastest (14 innings) reach 1000 runs in Tests.[17]

International career

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 against three 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 into his credit: 100 not out against England at Jaipur in 1993 on his birthday, setting the record for becoming the first batsman to score an ODI hundred on his birthday[18][19] and 106 against Zimbabwe at Kanpur in the 1996 World Cup.

He played his last Test match at the age of only 23[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]

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).

He played for Boland province in the South African domestic circuit.[20]


On 15 August 2009, Kambli launched his Khel Bharti Sports Academy[21] in Mumbai and announced his retirement from cricket as he wished to coach at Khel Bharti Academy.

He has been the Head Coach for the MCA Academy in BKC, Mumbai.

Kambli fulfilled a position within Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy between 2018 and 2022.[22] He finished his full time role as TMGA Head Coach for the Academy at DY Patil, Navi Mumbai in early 2022.

Personal life

Kambli first married Noella Lewis, a Catholic at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Poona.[23] She worked as a receptionist at Hotel Blue Diamond (in Pune) in the year 1998.[24][25] After separating from her Kambli married fashion model Andrea Hewitt. The couple has a child born in June 2010.[26]

After his marriage to his second wife Andrea, Kambli converted to the Catholic Church, naming his son Jesus Christiano Kambli.[27] Despite his conversion Kambli stated that he still respects all religions.[28]

Journalist Kunal Purandare has penned his biography called Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero.


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.[29][30]


Kambli joined the Bhakti Shakti Party[31][32] 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.[33] However, he continues to do social work. In 2011, he supported Anna Hazare's campaign of India against Corruption.

Film career

Kambli has appeared in films:

Year Film Language Cast Director Notes
2002 Annarth Hindi Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani Ravi Dewan [34]
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


Kambli made his debut on the small screen on DD National in a serial called Miss India in 2002.[35] He also was a contestant on Bigg Boss.


  1. ^ Vinod Kambli at ESPNcricinfo Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Kunal Purandare (2011). Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero. Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-81-241-1582-4. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ Ashish Magotra. "Kambli to play in South Africa".
  4. ^ "Birthday bullies, ODI oldies and poultry-laden Tests". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. ^ "India Cricket Team Records & Stats |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  6. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  7. ^ Tarun J Tejpal (15 May 1996). "Killing of Kambli". Outlook. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  8. ^ Pringle, Derek (7 August 2007). "Kambli the rising star who ran himself out". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Majha Katta | क्रिकेट विश्वचषकाच्या निमित्ताने माजी क्रिकेटपटू विनोद कांबळी यांच्याशी खास गप्पा | माझा कट्टा | ABP Majha". 1 June 2019.
  10. ^ sarthak (17 May 2021). "Cricket Commentators You Don't Know About I Cricketfile". Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  11. ^ Taniya Talukdar (29 November 2013). "Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack, Kannada debut to be delayed?". timesofindia. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  12. ^ Kavya Christopher (27 October 2015). "Vinod Kambli's Junglee avatar for Kannada film". timesofindia. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  13. ^ Harit Joshi, Clayton Murzello (17 August 2022). "I need work, I have a family to look after: Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli". Mid-Day. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  14. ^ Dhillon, Amrit (12 June 2018). "Why no dalit cricketers in India?". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ India today. Aroon Purie for Living Media India Ltd. April 1993. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  16. ^ Shardashram Vidya Mandir English Medium School, Dadar v St Xavier's High School at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  17. ^ "RECORDS / TEST MATCHES / BATTING RECORDS / FASTEST TO 1000 RUNS". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Birthday hundreds, and the fastest to 2000 Test runs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  19. ^ Pushp, Pushkar (24 April 2015). "Birthday Bashes: Cricketers who made it big on their birthdays". Sports-nova | Live Scores, Current Sports News, Articles and Quiz. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  20. ^ Prior, Marcus (29 August 2002). "Kambli makes career move". BBC UK. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Kambli awaits Sachin's visit to new academy".
  22. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli train children at cricket camp in Pune". The Indian Express. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  23. ^ Noella Kambli (10 September 2021). "Everyday one is learning the values, teachings and rituals of another religion". Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  24. ^ Vinod Kambli. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  25. ^ Story- July 1998 Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  26. ^ Times of India. (12 January 2010). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  27. ^ Nishad Pai Vaidya (18 January 2017). "Vinod Kambli: 16 facts about one of biggest wastes of talent in cricket history". Cricket Country. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  28. ^ Chaturvedi, Vinita (12 December 2010). "Christ has come home!". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack while driving". NDTV. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  30. ^ "Former batsman Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack: Reports". The Economic Times. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  31. ^ "Kambli joins Lok Bharati party; announces plans for sports academy".
  32. ^ "Vinod Kambli takes on a different ball game".
  33. ^ Kambli, Yuvraj's father lose in election – IBNLive. (23 October 2009). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  34. ^ India today international. Living Media India Ltd. January 2001. p. 74. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  35. ^ Kambli captures Miss India. 29 May 2004

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