Sachin Tendulkar not scared of anyone: Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli (L) said the way Sachin Tendulkar plays his cricket, no one comes close to him and no one can speak about him like that AFP

Mumbai: Sep 23, 2011

Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli lashed out at retired Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar for claiming that iconinc Indian batsman and his long time buddy Sachin Tendulkar was afraid of his bowling.

“Sachin was never scared of Shoaib or anyone. The way he plays his cricket and has scored the highest runs (in Tests and ODIs)…No one is close to him and no one can speak about him like that,” Kambli told reporters here after announcing his retirement from first-class cricket.

In a lighter vein, the left-hander, who shared a world-record 664-run partnership with Tendulkar in school- level cricket in 1980s, said, “He feared only my bowling.”

Akhtar has claimed in his recently released biography, ‘Controversially Yours’, that Tendulkar was afraid of facing him.

Kambli also refuted allegations that he had accused Tendulkar of not helping him in times of need, while taking part in TV reality show ‘Sach ka Saamna’ two years back.

“We have a very good friendship since 25 years.”

The 39-year-old, who represented India in 17 Tests scoring 1,084 runs at an average of 54.20 besides 2,477 runs in 104 ODIs, said though he wanted to play alongside Tendulkar for one last time and also in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but that could not happen.

“Till the last year, I was raring to go. My fans wanted me to play even in the IPL. If Sachin is fit at this age, why can’t I be?

“I served Mumbai (cricket) for long, but the selectors ignored me. I’m disappointed,” he said, getting emotional.(PTI)