Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

In case you are a fan of Indian cricket from the early 90s, you can’t be unfamiliar with the title Vinod Kambli. The flamboyant batter was usually making the headlines for his taking part in type and in addition for his trend sense. The 50-year-old beforehand used to have a gold chain spherical his neck, a bracelet in his hand and a grand watch in his wrist. Nevertheless, with time, every little thing is gone as he’s onerous to be recognised today.

Kambli’s trend took a dip as the previous India worldwide goes by way of a monetary disaster. With hardly any work in hand, Kambli’s solely supply of earnings is his pension from the BCCI. He earns INR 30,000 from the board nevertheless it’s been tough for him to fulfil the wants of his household with that cash.

The final time he coached a group was in 2019 within the Mumbai T20 League. He additionally guided children on the Tendulkar Middlesex World Academy at Nerul. Nevertheless, it was tough for him to journey to this point. “I used to get up at 5 am, and take a cab to DY Patil Stadium. It was very hectic. I’d then coach on the BKC floor within the night,” stated the previous cricketer.

The 50-year-old additionally thanked the BCCI for serving to him with the pension. He, nonetheless, requested the MCA to assist him with any job that’s associated to cricket. “I want assignments, the place I can work with children. I do know Mumbai have retained Amol [Muzumdar] as their head coach, but when wherever I’m wanted, I’m there,” he stated.

Kambli added, “I used to be looking for assist from the MCA [Mumbai Cricket Association]. I got here into the CIC [Cricket Improvement Committee], nevertheless it was an honorary job. I went to the MCA for some assist. I’ve a household to take care of. I informed the MCA many occasions that if you happen to require me, I’m there whether or not it’s on the Wankhede Stadium or at BKC. Mumbai cricket has given me so much. I owe my life to this sport.” 

Sachin is aware of every little thing however I’m not anticipating something from him: Kambli

Sachin Tendulkar and Kambli had been inseparable at a cut-off date. Greatest pals from college went on to play for the nation however sadly had totally different paths to observe. Sachin went on to turn out to be one of many best cricketers of all time whereas Kambli was a forgotten hero. After his monetary disaster started, Sachin tried to assist him by giving him a task on the TMGA however that wasn’t sufficient for Kambli to satisfy the ends.

He ensured that Sachin is conscious of his monetary state of affairs however he isn’t anticipating something from him. He’s pleased that his pal is there for him in these tough occasions.

“He [Sachin] is aware of every little thing, however I’m not anticipating something from him. He gave me the TMGA [Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy] project. I used to be very pleased. He has been an excellent pal. He has at all times been there for me [places his hand on the academy logo],” stated the previous cricketer.

Kambli, who final performed for India within the 12 months 2000 doesn’t need to snitch another person’s job to get one. He believes that alternatives ought to straight come to him and never by another means. He additionally accepted that he not too long ago borrowed some cash from his pal to return residence.

“Sure, it hurts. I used to be not born wealthy. I got here up in life solely by taking part in cricket. I’ve bought every little thing by way of this sport. I’ve seen poverty whereas rising up. Khana nahi hota tha kabhi-kabhi [there would not be food on some days]. I’d go to the Shardashram college, the place I’d eat meals when the group met. That’s the place Sachin stood up as a pal. I got here from a really poor household. I miss my father and mom,” Kambli added.