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Birthday special: Lesser known facts about Vinod Kambli

On former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli's birthday, we give you some famous facts about the Mumbai batsman who is one of the best examples of 'talent that vanished away'.

Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli. Pic/ AFP

>> Vinod Kambli wsa born in Kanjurmarg, a suburb in Mumbai. His father was a mechanic and also played cricket for Mumbai's club.

>> During his early days, Kambli played cricket on a small patch of land which was surrounded by buildings. Due to lack of space, batsmen had to hit the ball high into the buildings - the higher it went, the more runs scored. Hence, Kambli's over-the-top batting approach.

>> Kambli and his childhood close friend Sachin Tendulkar set an unbeaten 664-run partnership during a school match - a world record in cricket that was held for many years. However, not many know that his bowling spell of 6/37 was also vital in their teams win.

>> When Sachin Tendulkar made his Test cricket debut, Kambli was playing for the U-19 team at the Asia Youth Cup.

>> He etched his name in the elite list of batsmen when he hit a six in his debut first-class match. This was against Gujarat in 1989.

>> In 1993, Kambli made history when he became the first Indian to hit two back-to-back double centuries in Tests. He scored 224 against England and then followed it up with 227 against Zimbabwe.

>> Vinod Kambli is the fastest Indian cricketer and fifth overall to reach 1000 Test runs. He took 14 innings to reach the feat.

>> Vinod Kambli has the highest Test average for an Indian cricketer (20 inns or more) beating Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dravid and Sehwag. In 17 Tests his average stands at 54.20.

>> Kambli is also one of the few batsmen to score an ODI century on his birthday during the match against England in 1993. Sachin Tendulkar and New Zealander Ross Taylor are also on this list.

>> Vinod Kambli has starred in few films such as Annarth, Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat and Bettanagere. He has also appeared on various TV shows.

>> Even though Kambli played his last ODI in 2000 and his last Test in 1996, he retired from cricket way later in 2009.

>> Vinod Kambli is currently married to fashion Model Andrea Hewitt and the couple have a son named Jesus Cristiano. Kambli converted to Christianity a few years ago.

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