Vinod Kambli, who was one of the key members of Indian batting lineup in the 1990s, has taken up the responsibility of conducting a cricket coaching session in a Mumbai based academy.
Kambli was addressing the reporters during the launch of a cricket coaching academy at the Bandra Kurla Complex of the Mumbai Cricket Association wherein he disclosed that he took up the coaching role on the advice of his friend and one-time team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.
"When I retired from cricket, it had occurred to me, now what, I thought will do commentary or I was a expert on TV, But my love has always been cricket, so I got on to the field," Kambli was quoted by PTI as saying on Tuesday (January 2).
Kambli and Sachin used to share a very good camaraderie during their playing days. The duo grabbed headlines when they stitched together a 664-run stand during a school match in 1988. The two Mumbai stars rose through junior cricket ranks and made it to the national team.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) knows how much I love cricket, so he said to me why don't you start coaching, so I would say that I have embarked a path which he (Tendulkar) has shown and I have started on it," Kambli said.
"So I would say that he (Tendulkar) has a big hand in bringing me back on to the field. Whatever we have learnt from (Ramakant) Achrekar Sir, so I think the time has come, that to pass it on to the next generation, if the youngsters can take advantage of this, it will be great," he further asserted.
During their early days, both Sachin and Kambli were coached by the legendary Ramakant Achrekar. And the 45-year-old Kambli made it clear that he would like to implant the principles which he learnt from Achrekar to his wards.
"I would like to inculcate the values what Achrekar Sir has passed on specially getting the basis right all the time, whether you are playing for the school, or Ranji Trophy or for your country," Kambli said. "(The) one thing which I always remember which I am going to pass on to the students, usually people say practice makes a man perfect but my coach (Achrekar) Sir used to say perfect practice makes a man perfect, so that's how me and Sachin and all his students work towards having a perfect practice," he quipped.
On being asked to comment on the significance of coach and how important was Chandrakant Pandit in Vidarbha’s Ranji triumph this season, Kambli said: "Chandu, every body knows, he has been my coach as well, really enjoyed playing under him, all I can say is that 30 per cent is the (role of) coach and 70 per cent is the player but that 30 per cent is equal to 100 per cent."