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Old friends Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli came together again at Azad Maidan in Mumbai from where they started cricket. This dusty ground of Mumbai has produced two finest batsmen of India.
Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were famous even before wearing the India cap. It was here where they stitched a 664-run partnership in school cricket in 1988.
The duo returned to the very ground where they honed their cricketing skills. With an aim to find talent to keep Mumbai and India in cricket, the giant of the game came together.
Sachin and Kambli were once called Jai and Veeru of Indian cricket by their fans in the 1990s. They had fallout a few years ago. Kambli felt that Sachin “forgot” him when he did not invite him for his retirement party, a report said.
Now Sachin Tendulkar is launching his most ambitious projects in which he will coach kids as young as seven. Sachin has approached his old friend for this project. “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,” Mumbai Mirror quoted Sachin Tendulkar as saying.
Kambli will be a part of the team that Tendulkar has put together for his academy. Sachin has launched it in collaboration with the English county Middlesex. The academy has been christened as “Tendulkar-Middlesex Global Academy”. The coaching and talent-spotting camp begins from November 1 to 4 at DY Patil Stadium, Nerul. Besides, another camp will start from November 6 to 9 at MIG Club, Bandra. The camps will be for the age groups seven to 17 and 13 to 18 respectively. The camps then move on to Pune from November 12 to 15 and November 17 to 20.
“Having Vinod on the cricket field with me will definitely bring back some very special memories,” Sachin said.
An emotional Kambli termed it a “dream-come-true opportunity”. “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 when Achrekar sir taught us when we were their age. I thank Sachin for showing faith in me,” Mumbai Mirror quoted Kambli as saying.
Kambli had an average of 54.2 in Test cricket. He said coaching will be a different experience for him and for Sachin Tendulkar. A few former and current cricketers from the Mumbai Ranji team may also join Tendulkar’s coaching team. Besides, England’s David Malan, Toby Roland Jones, Nick Compton and John Simpson are also on the list.