When Vinod Kambli stepped in for the first time in Indian jersey, his solidity was unbeatable. The southpaw started his career in the year 1993 against England and with immediate effect, smashed back to back double centuries in Test cricket against England and Zimbabwe in his 3rd and 4th Test respectively. Today Cricwizz has come up with some lesser known facts about Kambli that you should know:
— In the same match when Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were involved in a 664-run partnership, Kambli also took 6 wickets for 37 runs in the game, which was also vital in their team’s victory.
— His bat handle used to have 9 grips at one time
— He is also known for hitting a six on the very first ball he received in the Ranji Trophy. The match was against Gujarat in 1989.
— Vinod Kambli had an average of 69.13 in the first innings while his second innings average was just 9.40.
— Kambli took only 14 innings to complete his 1000 Test runs, thus he is still the fastest Indian to do so. Overall, he is at 5th position.
— Kambli last played a Test in 1995 and ODI in 2000 but the southpaw took retirement in 2009.
— Vinod Kambli’s Test average is better than Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. Though the other cricketers played far more Test than him, but if we compare with 20 innings or more, Kambli leads the list with 54.20.
— The Mumbaikar also has a record to his name of hitting a century on his birthday. He did this against England in 1993 by scoring 100* at Jaipur. Sachin Tendulkar and Ross Taylor are also on the list of hitting a century on their birthday.