New Delhi, Nov 21: Every cricket fan knows about Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli's friendship. But that same bonhomie between the duo is missing now, according to Kambli who feels they have "become enemies now".
Tendulkar and Kambli's friendship blossomed at the school level and they were involved in a record 664-run partnership in a school cricket tournament playing together for Sharadashram Vidyamandir.
Both Tendulkar and Kambli went on to play for India together. Last week, Tendulkar retired from cricket after wielding his willow for 24 years. But Kambli was missing at the stadium when he played his 200th and last Test at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar's family, close friends and several others saluted the cricket icon in his last match. But Kambli was not there. Tendulkar did not invite Kambli for his dinner party which was attended by cricketers, politicians and Bollywood actors. There was also no mention of Kambli in Tendulkar's farewell speech.
Left-handed Kambli told "Zee Media" that he has not met Tendulkar for last seven years.
"I haven't heard Sachin's sound for a long time and it hurts me. It's been seven long years and we haven't met with each other. In between we just shared few text messages and that's all. It seems as if we have become enemies now," Kambli told "Zee".
Watching Tendulkar in his last match on TV, Kambli said he too was moved to tears like many other fans.
"My eyes also welled up with tears when I saw my friend crying at Wankhede, during his last match," he said.
Kambli is hoping to be friends with Tendulkar again. "I have always supported him as a friend and as a cricketer. I never stated anything wrong behind his back. I still feel we can be friends once again," he said.
"We have shared many good memories in the past. We played together, had fun for 30 long years. And even if I get a call from Sachin now, we can be friends again and you could see me right behind him," he added.