Vinod Kambli: Mumbai T20 League is a good opportunity for youngsters

Dec 08, 2017, 12:36 IST | A correspondent

Former India batsman Vinod Kambli termed the Mumbai T20 League as a launch pad to bigger opportunities for young cricketers across the city

Former India batsman Vinod Kambli termed the Mumbai T20 League as a launch pad to bigger opportunities for young cricketers across the city. Kambli was speaking on the sidelines of a function yesterday, where Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced its inaugural Mumbai T20 League from January 4 to 9. "It [MCA T20 League] is a good opportunity for youngsters. We play a lot of T20, but this is a big platform for them and I hope they get the exposure. It is a learning process for all the youngsters who will be playing because they have to think about the Indian Premier League. For IPL, this [tournament] is the first step. If they do well here, they will get bigger platforms," reported PTI.

Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli (left) with Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan during the launch of the Mumbai T20 League at the MCAs BKC Stadium yesterday. PIC/ASHISH RAJE
Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli (left) with Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan during the launch of the Mumbai T20 League at the MCA's BKC Stadium yesterday. Pic/ASHISH RAJE

Kambli, who represented India in 17 Tests and 104 ODIs, said he does not regret the fact that there was no T20 cricket during his playing days. "I played my T20 when I was playing for the country. I played all my shots like that [in T20] while playing in 50 overs and in Tests as well. "I don't regret that during our time there was no T20. Now, it's been accepted by all playing nations and it is a good entertainment," said the left-handed aggressive batsman. Speaking on the recent poor showing of Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane in Test cricket, Kambli felt that Rahane needed just one big knock to get back his confidence. "He is struggling but once he gets in, he should get big runs. Getting out so early, you lose your confidence and concentration. So for him, it's one big knock. If he gets an opportunity, one big knock will bring back his confidence," he added.

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