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Tuesday, October 05, 2010


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This is why great players are great though isn't it. There are very few players who reach greatness on talent alone.

Ashley Giles had what is considered a good test career, Graeme Hick didn't. That's because the King more than fulfilled his potential. Hick sadly didn't.

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But it wasn't for a lack of trying on Hick's part. A combination of technical deficiencies against the short ball, a lack of confidence and a dreadful selection policy did for Hick.

As for Kambli it would seem that a lack of effort on his part led to his downfall.

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And extreme naivity from Kambli. Somehow he seemed to miss planes for tours in the same way as Chris Lewis reportedly fell asleep during nets in the changing room. And look what happened to him.

I played againt Kambli when he was in his mid-twenties when he had a season playing for Hounslow (that in itself was a rediculous sign - why wasn't he finding himself pro cricket?). He scored 6 sixes in an over (not off me) on his way to a hundred (the shot to get to a hundred was edged through slip off me!). He seemed to be relatively happy but sleep-walked through the game.

It's a mystery why he didn't seem to want to demonstrate his extreme talent on the international scene over 3 different decades a la Tendulkar. But interestingly he's normally a surprise listing in the lists created of top batsman of all time, unless longevity is a criteria.


Kambli was plethora of talent. Had he hold himself and concentrated more. But i think even BCCI also needed to give him a fair chance to display his talent. He was in top form when he came back after being dropped after that world cup 96 debacle. He was fielding as a substitute for jadeja and he got injured badly, Luck too was not on his part, i dont know why?After that he was totally out. I think he should have been given a fair chance like gautam gambhir, he would have survived had he got one good ininings but unfortunately that didn't happen for him. He was going through hell in personal life too at the same time. All coming to him at the same time and the man was finished almiost. Had he got andrea earlier, he would have surely been gone ahead, but still kambli if he has the might should give it a try and comeback. i think there is lot of cricket in him

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You are right Shalin that Kambli suffered from a series of bad luck episodes, but he also squandered his talent too - hence the zero tag. An exceptionally good batsman who didnt even come close to reaching the level that his God given talent warranted.

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