Thursday, February 23, 2006

a grace that faded away

I was shocked to see him on the TV.
He was making fish fry on Foodie in Zoom TV.

18 years ago he shot to limelight with a world record stand of 664 runs with his best pal.
He was considered more talented than his best pal.
He had the grace and elegance of the typical southpaw. He was never afraid to cut and pull.
Soon he hammered 2 back to back double centuries for India. And is averaged 54 in Tests.
His crying face is still etched in my memory, when India didn't qualify for the final due to crowd trouble.

Later his fame and money would bring his downfall. He would not be able to control his fame. Had he done that it would have needed a big effort from the Wall's, Offside Gods and Very Very Specials to get into Team India. Soon he will play in the Kanga League and in the South African Gullies. He would play his part as an actor too, and now make his own favorite dishes for a gossip channel remembering the Vadapavs he and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, his best buddy, shared.

He is Vinod Ganpat Kambli.

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