Mumbai: Friendship is brewing again between Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and his long-time friend Vinod Kambli. The two former cricketers were reunited during the final of the Mumbai T20 League between Triumph Knights Mumbai North East and Shivaji Park Lions on Wednesday.
Vinod Kambli coached-Shivaji Park Lions, lost by three runs to Triumph Knights Mumbai North East in the inaugural season. And during the presentation ceremony, fans were treated to an unusual sight as Kambli walked up to the stage.
Sunil Gavaskar, placed beside Sachin, was supposed to honour Kambli with the runners-up medal. But Kambli reached out to the batting legend and touched his feet as a sign of respect.
Here's how Twitterati reacted:
Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli Reignite Their Bromance To Set New Friendship Goals— Sagar Gupta (@sagarguptadelhi) March 22, 2018
Sachin Sir must have very much embarrassed by this & tightly hugged Vinod Sir in happiness.— Sameer Mohite (@SameerM15948082) March 22, 2018
The great childhood friends & great legends of Mumbai & Indian cricket reunite again at Wankhede.— Sameer Mohite (@SameerM15948082) March 22, 2018
Vinod Kambli Touching Sachin's Feet 😍— Shebas Tendulkar (@ShebasTendulkar) March 22, 2018
Friends Forever!! pic.twitter.com/8rSLMVlAmz
Earlier on Wednesday, Skipper Suryakumar Yadav struck a whirlwind knock of 90 not out as Triumph Knights Mumbai North East on Thursday vanquished Shivaji Park Lions by three runs to become the champions.
Chasing the challenging score of 182 for 5 put up by the Knights at the Wankhede Stadium, the Lions made a brave effort before falling short at 179 for 8 despite a partnership of 82 in 59 balls between Alpesh Ramjani (48 in 38 balls) and Hardik Tamore (39) resurrecting them from 57 for three just past the power play.
Both got dismissed within the space of five balls in the 17th over bowled by medium pacer Vaibhav Singh who ended up with fine figures of 3 for 38.
Shivam Dubey nearly pulled the rug from the Knights' feet in the last over, when they needed 26 runs, as he smacked three sixes and one four to bring his side agonisingly close to a victory.
The Lions needed four off the last ball from Shashank Singh, who bowled a dot ball to seal the victory. The left-handed Dubey, who made his Ranji debut earlier this season, remained unbeaten on 33 with 12 balls studded with four sixes and one four.