Karnataka Legend Vinay Kumar Announces Retirement From International and First-Class Cricket
Former India pacer and Karnataka legend Vinay Kumar announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket on Thursday. The 37-year-old has played 1 Test, 31 ODIs and 9 T20Is for India apart from 139 first-class matches where he has picked up 504 wickets. Vinay Kumar is best known for his achievements with Karnataka, having led them to consecutvie Ranji Trophy wins in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
“Today “Davangere Express” after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived to a station called “retirement”. With a lot of mixed emotions, I Vinay Kumar R hereby announce my retirement from international and first-class cricket. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day,” Vinay Kumar said in an official statement on Twitter.
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) February 26, 2021
“My cricketing experience has been enriched by playing under the great minds of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to name the few. Also, I was blessed to have Sachin Tendulkar as a mentor in Mumbai Indians.
“I have been fortunate enough to represent my country at the highest level and give it all I had to this beautiful game. My journey has been filled with many moments that I will cherish lifelong. I came to Bangalore from Davangere to pursue my dreams. I am very grateful to Karnataka State Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent the state team. From here I went on to play for India and represented the nation in all the formats of the game.”
Kumar, known for his ability to swing the ball particularly away from the right hander, picked up 49 wickets in international cricket. His best figures in came in the ODI format – 4 for 30 against England in Delhi in 2011. His only Test came in Perth in 2012, but he managed only 1 wicket.
He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Kochi Tuskers Kerela in the Indian Premier League.
He had played over 100 matches in the Ranji Trophy. After his legendary exploits for Karnataka, he moved to Puducherry in 2019.