Vinay Kumar Confident of Making a Comeback in the Indian Team
Ranganath Vinay Kumar might already be 33 years old, but the hopes of making another comeback to the Indian team has not diminished a single bit. He last donned the national colours around four years ago in an ODI against Australia where he ended up conceding 102 runs in 9 overs. The memories are of that fateful night is still afresh in Vinay’s mind.
He wants to keep that aside and work on his fitness to force his way into the national team.
“I’m matured enough to understand my situation. If I’m 21 or 22, then it (being out of the India team) may be very difficult to digest,” Vinay was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
He treats every chance as a blessing, and unlike other bowlers, he would instead find solace in breaking important partnerships rather than picking five wickets.
“Bowlers are always happy to take five wickets. I’m the kind of bowler, who when a partnership needs to be broken, I’ll be happy to come in and get a wicket. That’s like getting five wickets for me. These small moments are what I enjoy very much. Breaking partnerships is a huge achievement for me. Indian team is always at the back of my mind, but I try to seek happiness from such small things and it makes me work harder on my game,” he said.
Despite not realising his full potential in the international arena Vinay Kumar remains one of the most successful bowlers in the domestic circuit with more than 400 wickets to his name. In this season, he has looked in great rhythm and has already bagged 20 wickets in 3 games.
“Last three years, I got two awards from BCCI: best bowler award (highest wicket-taker in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy) and best all-rounder award (in limited-overs cricket in 2013-14). Performance-wise, I don’t have any doubt that I can come back into the Indian side, but I need to wait for an opportunity.
“There are two ways of looking at it – one, get frustrated and try to do something that you’re not used to, or second is to keep it simple and keep doing what you have been, try to enjoy your cricket and whenever you get the opportunity, try to perform and raise your goals a little higher. You may or may not reach the goal, but that kind of challenges and motivates you to go out and perform. At the end of the day, when I go back to my room, I should be happy about the way I bowled. That feel-good factor is very important for me,” Vinay concluded.
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