Was never told why I was dropped: Kambli

Updated: 31 July 2009 13:45 IST

Former cricketer Vinod Kambli said the national selectors never bothered to tell him why he was unceremoniously dropped from the Indian team.

Was never told why I was dropped: Kambli

New Delhi:

Former cricketer Vinod Kambli said the national selectors never bothered to tell him why he was unceremoniously dropped from the Indian team and lamented the trend, which according to him, continues even today.

A prominent under-achiever of Indian cricket, the left-hander from Mumbai said frequent dropping eroded his morale and what was even more baffling is the fact that he was never told why he was getting axed.

"I did reasonably well after my debut but was dropped before the Australia tour. I did return for the World Cup but was again dropped. It continued and I was never sure of my place in the side and that affected my confidence," Kambli told a private channel.

"None of the selectors told me what was wrong with me. If there was anything wrong, like I had problems against short-pitch balls, I could have worked on and bettered myself.

But I was never told why I was getting dropped and it happens even today," said the former cricketer who became part-time actor after quitting the game.

Kambli scored 1084 runs in the 17 Tests he played. He also represented India in 104 ODI before the premature end to his career.

Kambli also felt that he could have done better had he been persisted with at his favourite number three slot.

"I was not given the right place in the batting order. Number three was my place but I was asked to bat at number six or seven and they still expected me to score heavily.

"Fortunately, things are much better today and players get to play in their own slots. I think that's why they have been performing so well," he added.

A close friend of Tendulkar, Kambli was recently in the headlines for claiming that he did not get enough support from his illustrious India and Mumbai teammate before retracting his comments.

In the same denial mode, the former player said his friendship with Tendulkar stood strong as ever.

"There is no problem at all. Some people tried to drive a wedge between us but they would not succeed," he said.



Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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