They played school cricket together, scored a world record 664-run partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir in 1988 and wore Team India colours with pride. They were the best of friends for years and even shared rooms on tours. Vinod Kambli says he hasn't met or spoken to Sachin Tendulkar for almost seven years now. A few text messages are all that they have shared. "We seem to have become enemies," the former Indian left-hander said in an interview.
An emotional Kambli is hurt that Tendulkar didn't invite him for the farewell dinner party in a Mumbai hotel on Monday (November 18). The talented left-hander, who played 17 Tests and scored 1084 runs including four centuries, feels Tendulkar should have mentioned him during his farewell speech at the Wankhede Stadium on November 16. The 41-year-old Kambli also played 104 ODIs for India, scoring 2477 runs. (Also read: Proud I played with Sachin, says Kumble)
"I wish he could have taken my name in his speech because I was expecting him to at least mention our world record partnership because it was from there that we started... it was a career-changing innings. I was definitely hurt," Kambli told NDTV on Thursday. (Related: Sachin's humility makes him special, says Gambhir)