Indian fast-bowler, R Vinay Kumar has brought down curtains on his international as well domestic cricket career. On 26th February 2021, he has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
“Today “Davangere Express” after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at a station called “Retirement”. With a lot of mixed emotions, I, Vinay Kumar R, hereby announce my retirement from international and first-class cricket. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day,” Vinay Kumar said in an official statement on Twitter.
R Vinay Kumar made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2004-05 Ranji Season. He made headlines right from the first season and finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2007-08 Ranji Season. His outstanding performance that season helped him earn an IPL contract for Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the inaugural edition.
His breakthrough Ranji season came in 2009-10 where he claimed as many as 46 wickets and led his side to the Ranji Trophy final.
“My cricketing experience has been enriched by playing under the great minds of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma to name a few. Also, I was blessed to have Sachin Tendulkar as a mentor at Mumbai Indians.”
Vinay Kumar made his international cricket debut on 11th May 2010 in a T20 match against Sri Lanka. He played his first one-day international against Zimbabwe on 28th May 2010. His last international appearance came back in 2013 in a T20 match against Australia. The 37-year old never got a chance to represent the Indian Cricket Team again.
In his international cricket career, he has played 31 ODIs, 9 T20 internationals and 1 Test, picking 38, 10 and 1 wicket respectively.
Vinay Kumar boasts of an illustrious IPL career. He has played 105 matches, picking 105 wickets at an economy of 8.39.
“Nevertheless, though this station of “Retirement” has arrived for me bringing back all fond memories of my career. However “Davangere Express” has just stopped for a while and not derailed. It will keep running and my journey will continue to give it back to this wonderful game of cricket. And miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep,” Vinay’s statement further read.