Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is adored and admired by masses all across the globe and it can be observed from his presence in a particular country or in a stadium. Tendulkar, who commands a great deal of respect in the cricket fraternity, often addressed as ‘God’ or ‘Sir’ by his fans and other contemporary cricketers. In fact, many of the junior cricketers frequently touch the batting legend’s feet in respect.
On Wednesday (March 21), however, the cricket fans witnessed an unusual sight with Vinod Kambli bowing down to touch his childhood friend and fellow cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s feet. The incident took place during the presentation ceremony of inaugural Mumbai T20 League final at the iconic Wankhede Stadium when the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar was asked to honour Kambli.
While walking to the podium to collect his medal, the 46-year-old Kambli first reached out to Tendulkar and touched his feet. Stunned by Kambli’s gesture, the Master Blaster immediately hugged his former schoolmate. Moved by the bonding of these two former Mumbai cricket giants, Gavaskar handed the medal to Sachin and asked him to honour Kambli.
Sachin and Kambli 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.
During their early days, both Sachin and Kambli were coached by the legendary Ramakant Achrekar. The duo were touted as the most talented Mumbai batsman in the last 80s and early 90s. While Tendulkar went on to become one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Kambli lost the track somewhere with his ill-discipline and dedication towards cricket.
You can watch Vinod Kambli touching Sachin Tendulkar's feet here.