Indian pacer R Vinay Kumar is still fancying his chances of donning Indian colors once more. He played his last international match in 2013 in an ODI against Australia and was smashed for 102 runs. The memory of the forgettable match is still fresh in his mind.
Keeping last international match aside, Kumar is working on his fitness, so that he can come back to the national fold again. He said, “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 is considering every chance as a blessing as he loves to break crucial partnerships, rather than only picking five wickets. He said, “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.”
Despite the fact that Kumar wasn’t able to make his mark in the international arena, he is one of the most successful pacers in the domestic circuit, with over 400 wickets to his name. Talking about the same, he said, “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.”