Bowlers have to be mentally strong in IPL: Vinay

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Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
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RCB's Vinay is not under pressure

Bangalore, Apr 4: Paceman R. Vinay Kumar is happy to be back with Royal Challengers Bangalore. The right-arm bowler is looking forward to wearing the RCB jersey again in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League. He said he will give his best and will not take any pressure in IPL 5.

Vinay was bought by RCB this year for $1 million in the auction in February. Vinay spoke to the media at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.

Here are the excerpts:

Question: How does it feel to be back with RCB?

Vinay Kumar: I feel very happy to be back in Bangalore. This is my home ground. I have played most of my cricket here.

Q: Does your role change this year as people think you are a senior bowler in RCB?Vinay: I don't think there's going to be a major difference from whatever role I was performing for the last few years — with RCB or Kochi or India. I know people here will expect more of me but I'll do my best and will not take any pressure. Twenty20 is obviously a batsman's game and most of the time we need to stick to our strengths. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but at the end of the day I'm going to bowl to my strength.

Q: How different is Twenty20 from other formats?

Vinay: It's a lot harder for the bowlers. We can't look at an over as having six balls because if you bowl three good balls in an over the other three might go for sixes. In my mind, I take three balls as one over. A bowler has to be mentally strong to play at this level. If, say, you are hit for two sixes and two fours, with a tough mindset you can always come back and bowl well.

Q: You did well in Australia. How was it playing there?

Vinay: There are many positives I can take from that. Leading the Indian attack was really a big thing for me. I learnt a lot from the coach, the captain, the seniors and the new bowling coach (Joe Dawes). I'm going to apply the same knowledge here. From playing for India, my mindset and my thinking capacity have improved and I have learnt how to come out of difficult situations.

Q: How important is it for you to help the youngsters in the team?

Vinay: When I made my Ranji Trophy debut, I learnt a lot from my seniors. So I'm definitely willing to help my juniors, at whatever level I play. Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Arvind and Ronit More are all bowling well already; I'm definitely willing to help them. Similarly, for me, it's a boost having Zaheer Khan at the other end. Zak is one of the best bowlers in the country.


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