The words simply cannot do enough justice to explain the bond between – Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, the two stalwarts of Indian cricket. Their friendship is beyond the boundaries of a cricket field. It dates back to 1988 when the duo dominated the headlines of every local daily in Mumbai as they set the record in junior cricket with a gigantic 664-run partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir school in the coveted Harris Shield tournament against St Xavier’s High School at Azad Maidan .
After years passed by, Tendulkar and Kambli are now all set to return to the very maidans of Mumbai where they learnt the ‘art of batsmanship’. With an aim to unearth fresh talent from the highly-rated Mumbai school of cricket, the duo is ready to put in the hard yards to find the best in the business through various coaching camps.
This initiative is likely to rekindle the partnership on the cricket pitch between ‘good friends’ Tendulkar and Kambli but of a different kind. According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror, Tendulkar is all set to start his own talent-spotting camp along with Kambli on the same maidans of Mumbai.
“Vinod and I have played together from the time we were in school. When we met recently, I told him about my project and Vinod readily agreed to contribute. I am delighted to have him on board,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying in the report.
The coaching camps which begin from November 1 to 4 at DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, and November 6 to 9 at MIG Club, Bandra, for age groups seven to 17 and 13 to 18, will be launched in collaboration with County side Middlesex. Officially called as the Tendulkar-Middlesex Global Academy, the camp will also be held in Pune from November 12 to 15 and November 17 to 20.
Kambli will be a part of the team that Tendulkar has put together for his academy, that he has launched in collaboration with the English county Middlesex.
The master blaster also spoke about why his childhood friend Kambli holds a special place in his heart and being on the field with him does evoke fond memories of the past. “Having Vinod on the cricket field with me will definitely bring back some very special memories,” Tendulkar said.
When Tendulkar approached Kambli with his proposition, the southpaw immediately gave him his word. “I immediately said yes when Sachin discussed the idea of coaching together. It’s a great opportunity to go back to the maidans with him and re-live our days there. I hope to teach the kids what Achrekar sir [Ramakant Achrekar] taught us when we were their age. I thank Sachin for showing faith in me,” Kambli was quoted by Mirror.
A few former and current cricketers from the Mumbai Ranji team are also expected to be a part of Tendulkar’s coaching team, apart from some renowned names of English cricket – David Malan, Toby Roland Jones, Nick Compton and John Simpson.