Former India batsman Vinod Kambli, who played his last international for India against Sri Lanka in 2000, has now turned to coaching and appreciates Sachin Tendulkar for prodding him to take that step.
Tendulkar and Kambli were students of famed coach Ramakant Achrekar and both went to play for India and their friendship was well known to all.
“When I retired from cricket, it occurred to me — now what? I thought I will take up commentary or become a TV presenter. But my love has always been cricket, so I got down on to the field.
“And that is Sachin’s doing. Sachin knows how much I love cricket, so he said to me ‘why don’t you take up coaching’? He has shown me the path, I just have to walk on it. I am very grateful to him. So, I would say he has had a big hand in bringing me back on to the field. And I will not let down Sachin,” said Kambli.
Tendulkar and Kambli were both students of Mumbai’s best-known coaches — Ramakant Achrekar. Under his guidance, the duo had gone on to post a then record partnership of 664 in the Harris Shield Tournament in 1998.
“Sachin (Tendulkar) knows how much I love cricket, so he said to me why don’t you start coaching, so I would say that I have embarked a path which he (Tendulkar) has shown and I have started on it,” Kambli, the first Indian to score two back to back double hundreds, told reporters here.
“So I would say that he (Tendulkar) has a big hand in bringing me back on to the field. Whatever we have learnt from (Ramakant) Achrekar Sir, so I think the time has come, that to pass it on to the next generation, if the youngsters can take advantage of this, it will be great,” Kambli, known for his flamboyant batting, added.
“I would like to inculcate the values what Achrekar Sir has passed on specially getting the basis right all the time, whether you are playing for the school, or Ranji Trophy or for your country,” Kambli said.
“The one thing which I always remember which I am going to pass on to the students, usually people say practice makes a man perfect but my coach (Achrekar) Sir used to say perfect practice makes a man perfect, so that’s how me and Sachin and all his students work towards having a perfect practice,” he quipped.
He said the role of a coach was 30 per cent and 70 per cent is the player but that 30 per cent is equal to 100 per cent.
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