Yet, though an India A regular, the only time Kale made it to the big league was this year's TVS Cup in Dhaka, which the stalwarts had dropped out of. He played one match against Bangladesh and scored 10 runs. And that was it.
Kale's attitude has been questioned in the past. He often asked fellow cricketers why he was being ignored. He had also rubbed the selectors the wrong way. Even when selected for the India A tour to the West Indies this year, he is believed to have had a few angry words with the selectors. For the past few weeks, he was frustrated, more than ever. From being on the doorstep of the Indian national side, he had been turned back. And his tongue, his colleagues say, had become sharper and looser. Could it be that in frustration Kale had unwittingly taken some names and the talk got back to the powers that be and they decided to teach him a lesson?