Namma Huduga Vinay Kumar
Namma Huduga select aagidane T-20 World Cuppige gotta was the first piece of news which I got on March 26th after lunch.
I was very happy with this humble and hard working guy from Davangere. I have been following the Karnataka team throughout this Ranji or rather from past few years closely now and I must say Vinay Kumar has grown leaps and bounds.
He made is debut 2004-05 season and has steadily grown into a mentor and lynchpin of Karnataka attack. His first three season yielded him more than 20 wickets each before he gained the valuable experience and turned on the heat in the next two seasons narrowly missing out on becoming the highest wicket taker in a Ranji season. With Karnataka producing some quality pace bowlers who represented India at the turn of 90s, Vinay Kumar joins a elite list comprising of great but often unsung Javagal Srinath who shouldered the Indian attack admirably after Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad - who can forget that Aamir Sohail wicket , David Johnson- Started promisingly before he fizzled out but led the Karnataka team till early y2ks and Dodda Ganesh - who too fell short of great promise shown.
I know most of us are thinking with his pace which hovers in between 120-130 kmphs can he trouble the batsmen or will he be the weak link in the bowling attack. Well I would rather look at the positive side and say that the strategy used by RCB during the IPL-2010 best suits Vinay Kumar's bowling. We soften up the top order with brutal pace of Dale Steyn and exquisite swing from Praveen Kumar then mix it up with the astute and accurate Anil Kumble along with some chin music dished out by Kallis. Then amidst all this we let Vinay quitely peg away in the middle overs where batsmen tend to over-attack him and this lad has all the tricks in his bag to outwit the batsmen as we saw in that devastating over against Mumbai Indians. No doubt the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar would be most cherised but I personally liked the wicket of Albie Morkel which showed the fighting instinct of Vinay Kumar. The match was in the bag for RCB when Vinay started the last over and Albie went after him. Though it was of academic interest, after getting hit for 2 sixes he switched to round the wicket and slipped in superb yorker to disturb the timber and gave out a war cry which summoned up his immense fighting spirit.
The way he has mentored a young Karnataka bowling attack this season also speaks volumes about his ability and in turn I hope he gets mentored well in the Indian team. Not to forget he is a handy bat as well has done quite a good job for Karnataka this season with the bat too.
Here is wishing him all the luck and hoping he realizes his potential and grows as a cricketer. Go Vinay Go !!!