Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli
Former India captain and fast bowling legend Kapil Dev used the example of Vinod Kambli to warn youngsters not to lose their focus. Kambli reached great heights in international cricket scoring many runs during his fledgling career in the early 1990s. But he quickly lost his form and failed to make the most of the opportunities that presented themselves. later in his career.
Kapil drew a comparison between Kambli and his childhood companion Sachin Tendulkar to explain why it was important for young cricketers to stay focused. Kambli scored 1084 runs in 17 Tests and 2477 runs in 104 ODIs for India. Tendulkar, meanwhile, retired from the sport as the greatest run-getter in the history of cricket.
“Sometimes young people take something to impress others. I believe in loving yourself first and bringing passion to whatever you love. There is no substitute for passion, hard work and commitment. Sachin Tendulkar is the perfect example of talent plus If you are talented but not hardworking enough, then you can go the Vinod Kambli way,” Kapil said at an event last month according to a Times report. of India.
Kapil has also cited the example of Kambli in the past.
“There will always be two types of cricketers. I played with Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. They both emerged as the next big thing in Indian cricket. Vinod was an equally gifted player and had no default, but he started to deviate when the focus was on him. had to be on his game,” Kapil had said in March 2022 while congratulating Under-19 World Cup stars Rajangad Bawa and Harnoor Singh Pannu, according to a Times of India report.
“And when a player loses his focus, all the fame he earns begins to gradually fade away. In the end, one thing matters, and that’s performance, which ultimately determines whether one ends up as a great player. or end up as a forgotten star”, the 1983 World Cup winner added.
Kapil Dev had played with Tendulkar and Kambli at the start of their respective careers in the Indian team. Kapil also coached the Indian team when Tendulkar was captain in the 1990s.
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