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Born, October 6, 1979, Vineet Anil Kulkarni is an Indian umpire. At the age of 12, when his friends were busy playing cricket, Kulkarni was busy in learning umpiring skills by watching the likes of Peter McConnell, Steve Randall and Leonard King. Kulkarni has been amongst the famous umpires since his first appearance in a One-Day International (ODI). Abhishek Kumar digs out 8 interesting things about him.

1.  Son of an Advocate: Vineet’s father Anil Kulkarni is an advocate, registered patent sgent & TM attorney in Pune.

2.  Passion: Kulkarni was never a very good player during his young age; he had only one passion, i.e. umpiring, which came to reality on January 3, 2013 during the second ODI between India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

3.  Youngest Indian umpire in ICC panel: In the year 2013, Kulkarni was promoted in the International Panel of umpires in International Cricket Council (ICC) and became the youngest Indian to achieve this feat, at the age of 33.

4.  Memorable moment: Many cricketers in India dream to play debut match at the iconic stadium of Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and like the cricketers, Kulkarni had a dream debut as an umpire in an ODI. In front of almost one lakh spectators at Eden Gardens, it was a ‘dream come true’ moment for Kulkarni. The umpire considers it the most memorable moment in his life.

5.  Coached by Simon Taufel: The credit of Kulkarni’s success also goes to his coach Simon Taufel ­— who was the winner of the ICC Umpire of the Year awards between 2004-08. “I work closely with my coach Simon Taufel who scans and monitors my performance. He is the support and the driving force that motivates me, keeping me on my toes,” said Kulkarni in an interview in Deccan Chronicle.

6.  Idols: Like every famous personality, Kulkarni also idolises few renowned names in cricket. He says, his family, Simon Taufel, David Shepherd, Rahul Dravid and Steve Waugh are his Idols.

7.  Family: Kulkarni has a son named Nishad with wife Sapna..

8.  Trolled by Indian fans after a poor decision: Kulkarni was a well known name in the field of umpiring but he copped flak when he gave couple of wrong decisions during the first Twenty20 international match between India and South Africa at Dharamsala, involving JP Duminy’s plumb — who eventually went on to score an unbeaten knock of 64 from 34 balls. Indian fans were furious on that decision and took to Twitter to slam Kulkarni.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and abhishekkr2593)