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Vinod Kambli (About this soundpronunciation ; born 18 January 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, who played for India as a middle order batsman, as well as for Mumbai and Boland, South Africa.[1][2] He is the first man to score a century in a One-day International on his birthday.[3]

Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli at Mumbai Marathon 2007 (7) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameVinod Kambli
Born (1972-01-18) 18 January 1972 (age 47)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
BowlingRight arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut29 January 1993 v England
Last Test8 November 1995 v New Zealand
ODI debut18 October 1991 v Pakistan
Last ODI29 October 2000 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 17 104 129 221
Runs scored 1,084 2,477 9,965 6,476
Batting average 54.20 32.59 59.97 41.24
100s/50s 4/3 2/14 35/44 11/35
Top score 227 106 262 149
Balls bowled 4 777 156
Wickets 1 10 1
Bowling average 7.00 49.70 159.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/7 2/15 1/7
Catches/stumpings 7/– 15/– 56/– 50/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

He has the highest career batting average for an Indian test cricketer of 54[4][5] but he played his last Test when he was just 23 years old. Thereafter, he was only considered to play one day cricket.[6][7]

He has appeared as a commentator on various television channels and worked with a Marathi News channel as a cricket expert for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. [8] He has also been a part of various reality shows and done a few serials and Bollywood films as an actor. He played a supporting role in the Kannada film Bettanagere.[9][10][11]. Kambli is currently a coach at the MCA Academy in Mumbai and TMGA Camps [12]run by Sachin Tendulakar and Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Early lifeEdit

Kambli hails from Indira Nagar, Pimpri Chinchwad, a suburb of Pune. He is a childhood friend of the Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.[13] The small patch of land that served as his first cricket pitch was surrounded on all sides by high-rise buildings. The scoring system was dictated by the lack of space, and the higher a batsman hit the ball into the buildings the more runs he scored. It explains why Kambli was one of the best over-the-top hitters of spin bowling.[citation needed]

School cricket and laterEdit

He shared an unbroken partnership of 664 runs with Sachin Tendulkar in a school cricket match against St. Xavier's School, Fort. Kambli contributed 349 runs before their coach Acharekar forced the pair to declare the innings; he then took six wickets for 37 runs in St. Xavier's first innings.[14]

Kambli started his Ranji Trophy career with a six off the first ball he faced. He made his One Day International and Test debuts in 1991 and 1992, respectively. In Tests, he made four centuries including two double-centuries. He also holds the record for the fastest Indian player (14 innings) to reach 1000 runs in Tests.[15]

International careerEdit

He scored 224 against England at Wankhede Stadium in 1993 as his maiden test century in his third test. In the next test against Zimbabwe, he scored 227. In his next test series he scored 125 and 120 against Sri Lanka. He is also the only cricketer to hit three consecutive test centuries in three innings, all centuries against different countries. In his 17 Tests, he averaged 69.13 in the first innings, and just 9.40 in the second innings, with a difference of 59.73.

He made his ODI debut in 1991 against Pakistan during the Wills Sharjah Trophy. He played world cup tournaments in 1992 and 1996. He has 2 ODI centuries in to his credit: 100 not out against England at Jaipur in 1993 on his birthday, setting the record for becoming the first batsman to score an ODI hundred on his birthday[16][17] and 106 against Zimbabwe at Kanpur in the 1996 World Cup.

He played his last Test match at the age of only 24[11] while he played his last ODI in the year 2000 and formally announced his retirement from first class cricket on 22 September 2011.[12]

Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar during their school cricket days.
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kambli's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

He played for Boland province in the South African domestic circuit.[citation needed]


On 15 August 2009, Kambli launched his Khel Bharti Sports Academy[18] in Mumbai and announced his retirement from cricket as he wished to coach at Khel Bharti Academy.

Personal lifeEdit

Vinod Kambli first married Noella Lewis, who was working as a receptionist at Hotel Blue Diamond (in Pune) in the year 1998.[19][20] After separating from her Vinod Kambli married fashion model Andrea Hewitt. The couple has a child born in June 2010.[21]

After his marriage to his second wife Andrea, Kambli converted to Christianity, naming his son Jesus Christiano Kambli.[22] Despite his conversion Kambli stated that he still respects all religions.[23]

Journalist Kunal Purandare has penned his biography called Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero.


On Friday, 29 November 2013, Kambli was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, following a heart attack. Kambli was taken ill while he was driving from Chembur to Bandra and suddenly stopped the car. A policewoman on duty, Sujata Patil noticed he could not drive and arranged to rush him to Lilavati Hospital. Kambli had undergone angioplasty on two of his blocked arteries in 2012.


Vinod Kambli joined the Bhakti Shakti Party [24][25] and was appointed vice-president of the party. He contested the 2009 Assembly election from Vikhroli, kolkata as a Lok Bharati Party candidate and lost the election.[26] However, he continues to do social work. In 2011, He supported Anna Hazare's campaign of India against Corruption.

Movie careerEdit

Vinod Kambli has also appeared as an actor in few films also.

Year Film Language Cast Director Notes
2002 Annarth Hindi Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani Ravi Dewan [27]
2009 Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat Hindi Ajay Jadeja, Mahi Gill, Satish Shah V.K.Kumar Dubbed in Malayalam as Aayiram Varnangal
2015 Bettanagere Kannada Sumanth Shailendra, Akshay Mohan Gowda


Vinod Kambli made his debut on the small screen on DD National in a serial called Miss India in 2002.[28] He also was a contestant on Bigg Boss.


  1. ^ Kunal Purandare (2011). Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero. Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-81-241-1582-4. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ Ashish Magotra. "Kambli to play in South Africa".
  3. ^ "Birthday bullies, ODI oldies and poultry-laden Tests". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "India Cricket Team Records & Stats |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  5. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  6. ^ Tarun J Tejpal (15 May 1996). "Killing of Kambli". Outlook. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ Pringle, Derek (7 August 2007). "Kambli the rising star who ran himself out". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
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  9. ^ Taniya Talukdar (29 November 2013). "Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack, Kannada debut to be delayed?". timesofindia. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  10. ^ Aravind Gowda (4 June 2014). "Cricketer Kambli set for Kannada film debut". dailymail. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  11. ^ Kavya Christopher (27 October 2015). "Vinod Kambli's Junglee avatar for Kannada film". timesofindia. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli train children at cricket camp in Pune". The Indian Express. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  13. ^ India today. Aroon Purie for Living Media India Ltd. April 1993. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  14. ^ Shardashram Vidya Mandir English Medium School, Dadar v St Xavier's High School at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  15. ^ "RECORDS / TEST MATCHES / BATTING RECORDS / FASTEST TO 1000 RUNS". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Birthday hundreds, and the fastest to 2000 Test runs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  17. ^ Pushp, Pushkar (24 April 2015). "Birthday Bashes: Cricketers who made it big on their birthdays". Sports-nova | Live Scores, Current Sports News, Articles and Quiz. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Kambli awaits Sachin's visit to new academy".
  19. ^ Vinod Kambli. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  20. ^ Story- July 1998. Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  21. ^ Times of India. (12 January 2010). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  22. ^ Nishad Pai Vaidya (18 January 2017). "Vinod Kambli: 16 facts about one of biggest wastes of talent in cricket history". Cricket Country. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  23. ^ Chaturvedi, Vinita (12 December 2010). "'Christ has come home!'". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Vinod Kambli takes on a different ball game".
  26. ^ Kambli, Yuvraj's father lose in election – IBNLive. (23 October 2009). Retrieved on 14 July 2014.
  27. ^ India today international. Living Media India Ltd. January 2001. p. 74. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  28. ^ Kambli captures Miss India. 29 May 2004

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