Vinay Kumar hoping to live World Cup dream

Written by: Aprameya .C
Published: Monday, September 29, 2014, 13:37 [IST]
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A few months back, paceman R Vinay Kumar was on a high, having led Karnataka to a historic hat-trick of titles in one season - Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

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Through sheer hard work, dedication and never-say-die attitude, the soft-spoken Vinay has achieved what many others in the past could not. With his CV being impressive with domestic sliverwares, he wants to add the biggest prize in the game's history - the World Cup.

Vinay Kumar's World Cup dream

Now, the 30-year-old's dream for the next few months going into 2015 is to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and help Team India retain the trophy which was won in 2011.

"It is my dream to play in the World Cup," Vinay told ThatsCricket in an exclusive interview.

With less than five months for the start of World Cup, Vinay has set his sights on making the 15-man squad. And first step towards that goal is to do well against the West Indies next month.

"I am hoping for a call-up to the Indian team for next month's five-match ODI series against West Indies. If given a chance, I am confident of doing well against the visitors. I want to prove my worth again and keep doing well to fulfill my World Cup ambition," said Vinay.

In his bid to regain the India cap, Vinay is leaving no stone unturned. He is training hard and has already lost four to five kilos. He is looking fitter and has also started concentrating more on his batting skills which are essential in the limited-overs game.

When India won the 2011 World Cup at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on April 2, Vinay was with the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise preparing for the Indian Premier League (IPL). But he watched the final on TV and celebrated India's success.

"With 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the pitches will suit my style of bowling. If picked I am confident of excelling in those conditions," Vinay explained.

Despite good performances (39 wickets in 9 first-class matches - second highest for Karnataka in 2013-14 season) in the domestic circuit, Vinay has been ignored by the selectors since November, 2013 when he played last of his 31 ODIs.

In the Irani Cup this year, Vinay took 10 wickets in the match to help Karnataka thrash Rest of India by an innings and 222 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

However, he was part of the India A squad to Australia recently but did not get a chance to feature in the playing XI in any of the matches.

Now in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), Vinay has been patiently waiting for his turn. With KKR relying heavily on spinners, the Karnataka captain is yet to get a game.

"I am waiting for my chance in CLT20. The team is doing well. Whenever I am called, I will give my best," Vinay says, hoping to feature in the October 2 semi-final or in today's last league match against South Africa's Dolphins.

With Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram as bowling coach for KKR, Vinay has immensely benefitted from him.

"Wasim Akram has been a great help for me. He is always there during 'net' sessions to point out areas which I need to tighten up," Vinay said.

On May 11, 2010, Vinay made his World Cup debut, not in the 50-over version but the Twenty20 format in the Caribbean. It was a double joy for him, his first T20I cap and that too in a World Cup.

"I made my T20I debut in World Cup. That was a memorable moment. This time around I would want to fulfill a double-World Cup dream by playing in 50-over format next year," Vinay signed off.


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