Discipline was key difference between Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli: Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev was effusive in praise for Sachin Tendulkar who recently became the first man to hold the record of hundred tons in international cricket. Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 8, 2012

Former India captain Kapil Dev feels it was discipline that separated Sachin Tendulkar from his childhood friend Vinod Kambli who did not success in international cricket like the former did.

Citing example of Kambli, Kapil “When I was about to stop playing cricket, two players came into the limelight, one was Sachin Tendulkar and the other was Vinod Kambli.

“Media heralded them as the best to have played for the country.”

“Kambli did not have discipline. He did not have the roadmap for himself as to what he wanted to achieve.

“Sometimes, you have the talent but if you don’t understand yourself, you can’t become Sachin Tendulkar. You have to have a role model. But that is not the end as you have to go beyond your role models,” Kapil pointed.

The former cricketer urged the parents to support their kids in their endeavour and hailed the partnership between the children and their parents as the important one.

“The parents play an important role. It’s the partnership with your kids, the understanding with them that’s very important. Today my daughter is my best friend. She is much wiser than me in terms of technology. So I also respect her,” he insisted.

Kapil was effusive in praise for Tendulkar who recently became the first man to hold the record of hundred tons in international cricket.

The former Indian captain feels though the record of hundred hundreds is challenging, it can be broken in future. (PTI)

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