After years of playing club cricket in Mumbai, the footman made his IPL debut in 2013 at the age of 41.

After years of playing club cricket in Mumbai, the footman made his IPL debut in 2013 at the age of 41.

The story so far: OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar released ‘Kaun Pravin Tambe?’, the cricketing biopic starring Shreyas Talpade of 50-year-old Indian cricketer Pravin Tambe on Friday, April 1. The film directed by Jayprad Desai, also stars Anjali Patil, Parambrata Chatterjee and Ashish Vidyarthi.

Who is Pravin Tambe?

Indian and versatile leg spinner who played tennis ball cricket and club cricket in Mumbai for 20 years without being able to play a single top game, Pravin Tambe burst into the mainstream at the age of 41, when he was selected by the Rajasthan Royals to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Born in 1971, the cricketer started playing cricket at the age of 15 in the suburb of Mulund in Mumbai. Tambe dipped his toes into the city’s cricket club scene as a medium-paced bowler in the 1995-96 season of a Mumbai D-division domestic league, playing for Parsee Cyclists Sports Club, according to cricket news site. ESPN Cricinfo. He then played in Division B for Parsee Gymkhana and eventually played in the top league Division A for the prestigious Shivaji Park Gymkhana which produced many top class players for Indian cricket including Shreyas Iyer, Ajit Wadekar, Vijay Manjrekar and brothers Baloo and Subhash Gupte.

Tambe’s fate, however, was not foreseen like other Shivaji Park Gymkhana greats, as he never had the chance to play a top class match for 20 years after his first stint in club cricket.

Tambe’s father, Vijay Tambe, also played suburban cricket in his early years. The cricketer got married in 1999 to Vaishali, now his wife of 23 years. He spent almost the next decade and a half doing odd jobs that offered cricket quotas.

He juggles jobs to make ends meet while continuing his training and participating in the maidan or ground cricket tournaments organized by the Mumbai Cricket Association, such as the suburban cricket league known as Thosar Shield Cricket, and the corporate cricket league known as Times Shield Cricket, where corporate teams s compete from four cricket divisions.

He first participated in the Times Shield league while working for a shipping company called Orient Shipping. It was there that he began to switch from medium-paced bowling to wrist throwing, after being asked by the captain of his team at Orient to throw a leg throw in a crucial game. It was also during his time here that he met India and Mumbai fast bowler Abey Kuruvilla who later became the sporting director of Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Sports Academy and a selector on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

After playing in the Times Shield for a few years, Tambe hit a roadblock when Orient Shipping shut down their cricket unit due to budget constraints. He again resorted to playing cricket matches and local tournaments, until he got a job at the DY Patil Sports Academy through Kuruvilla’s referral, as a construction supervisor. The academy allowed him to represent his B team and he went on to ensure them many victories. He was also the liaison officer during the first five years of IPL, when matches were played at DY Patil Stadium.

Throughout these years, however, Tambe kept trying to accomplish one thing: to play for Mumbai’s Ranji Cricket team. He tried his luck in several consecutive selection sessions and was even named in the Ranji Probables between 2000 and 2002. In the late 2000s, he continued to be rejected due to his age.

In early 2013, while captaining and coaching DY Patil’s team, he had the 11th hour to play for his A team in a T20 invitational match, replacing an injured player. It was this opportunity that became the turning point in his career.

The cricketer was unaware that Rajasthan Royals scouts were noticing him during the T20 invitational game. Rahul Dravid and other members of the Royals coaching staff had also noticed Tambe when he attended their net training sessions at DY Patil Stadium.

A few months later, Dravid called Kuruvilla asking him to send Tambe to Jaipur to take part in the Rajasthan Royals selection trials. His selection reportedly raised Dravid’s eyebrows from team members and the team’s CEO at the time. Tambe, however, managed to make his IPL debut in 2013 as the first player to break into the league at the age of 41. He also became one of the few players to make his T20 debut without having played as a professional first. class cricket matches.

During a 2014 speech at the Design for Change conference, Rahul Dravid spoke of Tambe as a cricketer who inspires him and “signifies passion” in the game of Indian cricket.

What are the highlights of his career?

Although he didn’t play many games in IPL 2013, he created a spark in the same year when he received the Golden Wicket Award in the T20 Champions League for winning the most wickets that season. It was also the year that marked the realization of the cricketer’s Ranji Dream, when he was able to represent Mumbai in two first-class matches.

During IPL 2014 his wicket pot was slowly simmering until May 5 of that year when he made history in a match against Kolkata Knight Riders by scoring a hat-trick at 2 balls on a wide ball and two legal deliveries, dismissing Manish Pandey. , Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate. Tambe also won Man of the Match awards and held the Purple Cap (for picking up most wickets) until the 25th game of that season. He also won the wicket of Indian cricketing legend and former Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni.

He played for the Royals for two years before being selected by the Gujarat Lions in 2016, but was unable to play due to the team’s subsequent two-year suspension. In 2017, he was picked up and played for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In 2018, he announced his resignation from Indian cricket in order to compete in the Abu Dhabi T10 league as BCCI does not allow an Indian player to compete in foreign leagues. Also in this format, he set a record by taking five wickets for Sindhs team in one match, knocking out Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen and Upul Tharanga in a match against Kerala Knights.

He withdrew his retirement when he was selected by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 auction to play IPL 2020. However, he was disqualified due to the BCCI rule mentioned above, for having played in the Abu Dhabi T10 league a year earlier.

In 2020, at the age of 48, Tambe retired again and became the first Indian player to play in the Caribbean Premier League, where he represented KKR’s sister franchise, the Trinbago Knight Riders.

He is currently working as a member of KKR’s support staff, and the team screened his Hotstar biopic for the entire team on April 1.

The movie ‘Kaun Pravin Tambe?’

Actor Shreyas Talpade, who once played a young cricketer in the 2005 film Iqbal, plays Tambe in “Kaun Pravin Tambe?”. His wife Vaishali is played by Newton actor Anjali Patil, while Ashish Vidyarthi plays the character of his trainer. The film, although adapted from real events, contains fictional elements such as the character of a journalist perpetually dismissive of Tambe, played by actor Kahaani Parambrata Chatterjee.

Instead of depicting Tambe’s mainstream cricketing glory years, the film focuses on his 20-year journey playing local cricket, as he juggled family life and relentless disappointment in achieving his dream.


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