The Davangere Dynamite- A brief biography of Vinay Kumar
For the Davangere Dynamite Vinay Kumar nothing beats the joy
of playing cricket, be it for the domestic, or the national level. Vinay is a
right-arm medium pacer, who along with fellow pacers Abhimanyu Mithun and
Sreenath Arvind forms the formidable Karnataka pace bowling unit, highly spoken
about in the domestic circuit of Indian cricket. Thankfully the trio are
Challengers as well.
Vinay began his career in 2004, representing Karnataka and
impressing one and all with his ability to prioritise outswingers,
legcutters and accuracy over outright pace, which is always a very lucrative
option for any pacer. Vinay came to the party right from the word go, picking
up more than 20 wickets in each of his first three seasons. Later, during the
2007-08 Ranji season, Vinay surprised the opposition batsmen by impressive
inswingers in addition to his stock ball. Kumar has also lead his state side to
a successful Ranji campaign in 2009-10, reaching the finals after 11 years of
Focused, hard work is always the real key to success. Vinay
Kumar proved this through and through. After trying to make it to the national
side as the bowler time and again, he concentrated on improving his batting
skills and make it to the team as an all-rounder. His hard work paid off well
and he made it to the Indian side for World Twenty20 in 2010. Since then Vinay
has been in the fringes and on the selector’s radar.
Vinay’s journey with the Royal Challengers Bangalore has
been one like stories, where the protagonist leaves home only to come back. He
was signed by RCB in 2008 and has been a frequent face in the playing 11 since
then. Vinay was then a part of the now
obsolete Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011, where he picked up 12 wickets for the
men in orange. However, as luck would have it he came to the red and gold
brigade in 2012.
Here’s hoping the Dynamite from Davangere explodes into some
Red and Gold fireworks in the upcoming edition of Pepsi IPL 2013.