Sachin Tendulkar wishes childhood friend Vinod Kambli on his 47th birthdayHappy Birthday Vinod Kambli: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar led the wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, on his 47th birthday. The two cricketers were involved in quite a few memorable partnerships at the domestic and the international level.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 13:13 IST Sachin Tendulkar wished his childhood friend Vinod Kambli on social media on Friday (@sachin_rt Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer India cricketer Vinod Kambli, who played more than 100 ODIs, turns 47 on FridaySachin Tendulkar, a childhood friend of Vinod Kambli, wished the former left-handed batsman on social mediaKambli, who had scored 1084 runs in just 17 Tests, retired from international cricket in 2009Batting great Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to lead wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, who is celebrating his 47th birthday on Friday.Tendulkar wished his friend always remained in “pink health” while posting a picture of himself and Kambli, from what seems to be last year’s Christmas celebrations.”Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349! May you always be in the “PINK” of health my friend!” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Notably, Tendulkar was present at Kambli’s birthday bash last year. The Master Blaster had uploaded photographs from their celebrations on social media.Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349!May you always be in the PINK of health my friend! pic.twitter.com/VD1ir84aqfSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2019The two had recently attended the funeral of their childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away in Mumbai on January 1, 2019.Achrekar had maintained that Kambli and Tendulkar were equally talented but the former lacked the ability to assess his own game.Kambli, who had played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs, during his nine-year-long international cricket career, was spoken in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar during the nascent stages of their career.The childhood friends had announced their arrival in Mumbai cricket circle with a historic partnership of 664 runs with individual scores of 326 not out (Tendulkar) and 349 not out (Kambli) for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier’s High School in the Harris Shield semi-final in February 1988.While his friend Tendulkar had made his international debut in 1989, Kambli had to wait for two more years to earn his spotlight at the highest level.advertisementKambli made a stunning start to his Test career, smashing two double centuries in his first seven Tests. However, he played his last Test at the age of 24. The flamboyant Mumbai cricketer’s disciplinary issues had played a big part in not allowing realise his full potential.”In a sense that is true [attitude is Kambli’s worst enemy]. He comes from a very poor family, and often does not know how to behave, both on and off the field. He doesn’t mean any harm, it is just that his fondness for a flamboyant lifestyle, his swagger, gives him an I-don’t-care appearance, which puts people’s backs up. I’ve spoken to him about this, enough times, each time he tells me he will improve, but that determination lasts only for a couple of days, then he reverts to his own former behaviour,” Achrekar had told Rediff Cricket as early as 1998.Also Read | Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in AustraliaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Vinod KambliFollow India cricket teamFollow Ramakant Achrekar
Seoul: North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday. The Chosun Ilbo said Kim Hyok Chol, who laid the groundwork for the Hanoi meeting and accompanied Kim on his private train, was executed by firing squad for “betraying the supreme leader” after he was “won over to the US” during pre-summit negotiations. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport along with four senior foreign ministry officials following an investigation,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source as saying. The other officials were not named. Kim Hyok Chol was the North’s counterpart of US special representative Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, declined to comment on the report. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe paper also said Kim Jong Un’s interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a mistake at the summit. She failed to translate Kim’s new proposal when Trump declared “no deal” and walked away from the table, Chosun reported, citing another unnamed diplomatic source. Kim Jong Un and Trump left the Vietnamese capital without a deal after they failed to reach agreement on rolling back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The North has since sought to raise the pressure and carried out two short-range missile tests in May. Senior party official Kim Yong Chol, the North’s counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was also sent to a labour camp, the paper said. In April, South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee said Kim Yong Chol had been censured over his handling of the Hanoi summit, despite the fact he had recently been named a member of the State Affairs Commission, a supreme governing body chaired by Kim Jong Un. News of the reported purge came as North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling party, Thursday warned that officials who committed anti-party or anti-revolutionary acts would face the “stern judgement of the revolution”. Previous South Korean reports of North Korean purges and executions have later proved inaccurate.The Chosun Ilbo itself incorrectly reported in 2013 that Hyon Song Wol, head of the North’s Samjiyon Orchestra, was executed by firing squad for distributing and watching pornographic content. And the Unification Ministry also mistakenly announced in February 2016 that Ri Yong Gil, chief of the general staff of the North Korean People’s Army, had been executed.