Vinay Kumar wants to take the Purple Cap home
One of the highlights of the 2013 IPL has been RCB’s bowling attack. The M Chinnaswamy offers god bounce for bowlers at times but it’s the batsmen who normally have a great time thanks to the quick outfield and short boundaries.
But this year, batsmen have been put on the backfoot and the bowling attack has achieved this despite missing Zaheer Khan in action. Vinay Kumar has led the attack well and his efforts have fetched him the purple cap. He spoke to IPLT20.com after the win against Rajasthan Royals, here are the excerpts from his interview:
On the constant race for the Purple Cap
It is fun. Knowing that you are never too far from the Purple Cap motivates you to try harder to get there. It is changing heads right now but at the end of the tournament, I would like to have it.
On competition within the team for the Purple Cap
It is healthy competition. Without competition there’s no fun. We have quite a few bowlers in our team and we all keep competing against each other in a good way for wickets.
His best performance so far this season
I will rate the first game, against the Mumbai Indians in which I defended 10 runs in the final over, as my best. They had batsmen like (Ambati) Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and (Kieron) Pollard batting for them at that time and to have won the match by restricting them was a very good feeling. I will not discount this performance. I bowled really well today. But that was more special because of the match situation.
How does a bowler keep improving?
I have come across many coaches and senior bowlers who have helped me become a better bowler. When I spent some time with the Indian team, people like MS Dhoni and others talked to me about my bowling. All those experiences helped me grow as a bowler.
On his journey as a bowler from the 2008 IPL to now
The six years of IPL has helped me mature as a bowler, helped me develop the ability to thrive under pressure. Now when I face a pressure situation, I go in with confidence. In IPL if you’re not mentally tough you will not survive. You have to be smart, back yourself in crunch situations and keep evolving. In terms of my bowling, I tried the Malinga ball (sling-arm yorker) in the fourth season and got Chris Gayle out with it.