Ranganath Vinay Kumar is an Indian seamer who is one of the most prolific and renowned bowler in Indian domestic cricket. He is a right hand batsman and right arm medium pacer.
While his stint with Indian cricket team has been sporadic and with moderate success, he is one of the most feared bowlers in domestic level.
Vinay Kumar was born on 12 February 1984 in Davangere, Karnataka. He made his domestic debut in a Ranji Trophy match for Karnataka against Bengal in 2004.
After consistently doing well in domestic level, Vinay finally got called up for national duties in the 2010 ICC World T20. His debut came against Sri Lanka, where he returned with respectable figures of 2/30.
His ODI debut also came soon against Zimbabwe in 2010, but it was a day to forget for Vinay and India as they suffered a shock defeat. He played his only Test against Australia in Perth in 2012.
Rise to glory
Vinay Kumar quickly rose through ranks and became highly successful in domestic circuit. He took over 20 wickets in each of his first three first class seasons.
Not known for his pace, Vinay Kumar weaves magic through his swing and variations in medium pace bowling.
The 2010 Indian Premier League was his breakthrough year where he got 16 wickets. After making a slow start in international cricket, Kumar gave good performances and got amongst the wickets in ODIs.
Vinay Kumar has failed to capitalize on the opportunities given to him at international level. His Test debut was a bit failure. He was putting decent performances in ODIs in the limited chances he got.
But in one particular match against Australia, he was hammered for 102 runs in 9 overs which put him out of selectors’ radar and he has not been recalled ever since.
Vinay Kumar has represented a number of franchises in the IPL. After playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he played for Kochi Tuskers. He also played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
He has performed consistently well for all the franchises and he peaked in 2012 and 2013 edition. In 2012, he took 19 wickets while in 2013, he took 23 wickets.
He was bought by KKR at the 2018 IPL auction at his base price of Rs. 1 crore.
Vinay Kumar is the captain of Karnataka cricket team and also captains Hubli Tigers in Karnataka Premier League.
Vinay Kumar has two Ranji Trophy hattricks to his name. It is joint second highest after Joginder Rao (Services) and equal with Anil Kumble (Karnataka).