Vinod Kambli Biography – A batsman with flashy strokeplay, flamboyant personality, and fondness for gold jewelry, Vinod Kambli is India’s another ferocious talent. Born with a natural ability of exquisite cricketing shots, Kambli helped the Mumbai and the Indian team reach greater heights. An inspirational and electrifying cricketer, Kambli has set many records and achieved tremendous success.
Vinod Kambli represented the Indian National Cricket Team in the Test and ODI format. He played for the Mumbai Cricket team in the domestic format. Kambli made his debut against the arch-rivals Pakistan in an ODI match on 18th October 1991. He subsequently made his Test debut against England on 29th January 1993.
Vinod Kambli Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Vinod Kambli was born on 18th January 1972 in Mumbai’s suburban Kanjurmarg. His father Ganpat Kambli was a mechanic who struggled enough to equip Vinod with professional cricket coaching. Kambli has three brothers namely Vikas, Virendra, and Vidyadhar. Vinod’s mother Vijaya Kambli is a homemaker.
Kambli wasn’t financially empowered and he initially struggled to raise income and even stole money to buy his first bat. His struggle was real as he boarded the crowded local trains to travel from his home to his coaching center at Shivaji Park in Dadar. Kambli did not pursue further studies after getting passed in Std. Xth.
- Age: 49 Years
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 75 kg
- Alma Mater: Shardashram Vidyamandir, Dadar- Mumbai
- Coach: Ramakant Achrekar
Vinod Kambli Early Days
Vinod Kambli started to pursue professional cricket coaching under Ramakant Achrekar sir at the young age of 12 years. Iconically, Sachin Tendulkar also practiced under the same coach and the two are childhood best friends.
Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli recorded an unbeaten partnership of 664 runs at an inter-school match against St. Xavier’s School. Kambli contributed 349 runs and later picked up six wickets for thirty-seven runs to push forward his cricketing career.
Vinod Kambli Domestic Career
While Tendulkar made his Indian debut, Kambli was selected in Mumbai’s senior team for the Ranji Trophy 1989-90. Kambli set a unique record on his debut as he hit a six on the very first ball. Kambli also represented the Mumbai U-19 team and performed brilliantly at the Cooch Behar Trophy and the CK Nayudu Trophy.
Kambli has contributed significantly to Mumbai’s success in the domestic circuit. He has been a consistent part of the team where he has scored many runs to take his team through. In his first-class career, Kambli has played 129 matches where has managed to score 9,965 runs with an excellent average of 59.97. Kambli also bowled and kept the wickets for Mumbai.
Vinod Kambli also played for Mumbai in limited-overs cricket at the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His skillful batting display also helped him to earn a spot in the West Zone team for Duleep Trophy. In the 221 List-A games he played, Kambli scored 6,476 runs with an average of 41.24. He also played domestic cricket for the Boland province of South Africa.
Vinod Kambli International Career
In his short-lived International career, Kambli has featured in only 17 test matches and 104 One-Day Internationals. Kambli made his debut against Pakistan at the Wills Sharjah Trophy in 1991. His impressive performance led to his inclusion in the 1992 World Cup. He had an average run at the World Cup but continued to feature in the ODI team.
Kambli scored his maiden ODI century against England on his birthday at Jaipur in 1993. His only second ton came against Zimbabwe at Kanpur in the 1996 World Cup. Following his disappointing run at the World Cup, he featured in limited ODI fixtures and played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in 2000 at an age of 28 years only.
In his uneven Test career, Kambli’s highlight remains his 224-run knock at his first series against England at the Wankhede Stadium in 1993. He scored another century against Zimbabwe in the following series. Kambli’s inconsistent run resulted in his last test match at an age of only 24 against New Zealand in 1996.
Vinod Kambli Wife
- Noella Lewis (1998-2004)
Vinod Kambli married his first wife Noella Lewis at a private ceremony in Mumbai in 1998. Noella Lewis was a receptionist at a hotel in Pune where Kambli met her during an Indian match. The couple parted their ways following internal differences in 2004.
- Andrea Hewitt (2014-current)
Vinod Kambli married his second wife Andrea Hewitt in 2014. Andrea is a fashion model based in Mumbai. The two gave birth to their first son before their official marriage in 2010. After marrying Andrea, Kambli converted to the Catholic church and named his son Jesus Kambli.
Vinod Kambli Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Vinod Kambli is Rs. 37.50 Crore. The ex-cricketer had earned a stagnant part of his income through his professional career. Apart from it, he was a part of the commentary team and a celebrity host for a Marathi news channel. Kambli has also earned very few endorsements for brands.
Kambli owns a luxurious duplex flat in Mumbai. He also has a small collection of premium cars including a Mercedes Benz SUV.
Vinod Kambli Records
- Vinod Kambli holds the world record for the highest partnership in first-class cricket alongside Sachin Tendulkar (664).
- Kambli holds the highest test average by an Indian Batsman (54.2).
- Vinod Kambli is the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in Test cricket.
- Kambli is amongst the very few Indian batsmen to score a century on his birthday.
- Kambli’s 224 at Wankhede is one of the highest scores at the venue.
Vinod Kambli Controversies
- Kambli appeared at a Reality TV show in 2009 where he expressed his displeasure about his friend Sachin Tendulkar. Kambli mentioned that Tendulkar could have helped him in his difficult time and he felt sad that he did not mention him in his retirement speech and didn’t invite him to the party he hosted aftermath.
- In 2015, Kambli’s maid Soni Sarsal had filed an FIR against him and his wife. Sarsal complained that the duo tortured her and did not allow her to return home after wrongfully confining her for three days upon asking for Wages.
- Kambli and his wife Andrea had allegedly assaulted Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari’s father at a mall in Mumbai.
Vinod Kambli Health
Vinod Kambli consumes alcohol on a periodical basis. He took retirement from International cricket in 2009 and domestic cricket in 2011 due to major health concerns and poor form. On 29th November 2013, Kambli suffered a heart attack while driving and was immediately rushed to Lilavati Hospital where he underwent bypass surgery and recovered soon.
Vinod Kambli Political Inclination
Vinod Kambli is fond of politics and joined the Lok Bharati Party in 2009. He subsequently contested the 2009 elections from the Kanjurmarg assembly seat but lost by a huge margin. He was then inactive but met Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in 2018 to discuss various problems faced by rural sportspersons.
Vinod Kambli Facts
- Kambli featured alongside Tendulkar and Azharuddin in a Pepsi commercial in 1992.
- Kambli also tried his hand in acting and featured in various Bollywood and regional films including Annarth that starring Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty. Kambli also starred in a TV Serial Miss India-2004.
- On 15th August 2009, he launched a cricket academy named Khel Bharati Sports Academy in Mumbai. The same year he also featured in the reality TV show Big Boss.
- In 2011, Kambli backed Anna Hazare’s campaign against Corruption. In the same year, a journalist wrote his biography- Kambli: The Lost Hero.
- Kambli made a guest appearance in Comedy Circus Season 3- 2016.