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Former India hasty R Vinay Kumar retires from firstclass and worldwide cricket

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Former Karnataka captain accomplished with 504 firstclass wickets, together with a bid 442 within the Ranji Trophy

R Vinay Kumar, the broken-down India seamer, has announced his retirement from firstclass and worldwide cricket, bringing the curtain down on a firstclass occupation that spanned 16 years and made him a domestic extensive. He played most of these years for Karnataka, before retiring after a season with new entrants Puducherry.

Vinay accomplished with 504 firstclass wickets in 139 fits, 442 of them within the Ranji Trophy – basically the most among rapidly bowlers and fourth-perfect total, after Rajinder Goel (637), S Venkataraghavan (530) and his broken-down Karnataka captain Sunil Joshi (479).

Known for hitting the seam and getting functional movement even on docile surfaces, Vinay earned a Take a look at cap on the tour of Australia in 2011-12 when he became once handed a debut in Perth. That, alternatively, remained his fully Take a look at look. He also featured in 31 ODIs and 9 T20Is, selecting up 38 and ten wickets respectively.

Vinay’s easiest years came after his transient India occupation came to a live, when he captained Karnataka to an unparalleled double-treble – of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup – from 2013 to 2015. He mixed with Abhimanyu Mithun, S Aravind, HS Sharath and Ronit Extra to originate a potent bowling combination.

Thankyou concerned alongside with your esteem and strengthen for the length of my occupation. Presently time I grasp up my boots. #ProudIndian pic.twitter.com/ht0THqWTdP

— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) February 26, 2021

“Worthwhile Ranji Trophy relieve-to-relieve became once the proudest 2d in my occupation,” Vinay had told ESPNcricinfo sooner than his 100th Ranji look. He accomplished with 115 Ranji fits in all. “When we won Ranji Trophy in 2013-14, it became once after 14 years the deliver won. We reached the last in 2009-10 but narrowly lost, and Mumbai won by factual six runs.

“After that we saved coming to the quarter-finals and semis, but unfortunately we would possibly per chance perchance now not preserve except 2013-14. So winning the trophy became once basically the most memorable 2d for me. We also won the Irani Trophy and the Vijay Hazare and repeating it subsequent one year became once the icing on the cake.”

In the IPL, Vinay became once picked in 2008 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and made a price the following season when he picked up 16 wickets for the length of the team’s runners-up execute. Later, he became once a part of title-winning groups at the Kolkata Knight Riders (2014) and the Mumbai Indians (2015 and 2017). He also represented a fourth aspect – Kochi Tuskers – in 2011.

Over the closing two years, Vinay has made a price in regional cricket commentary, having been a part of panels in Kannada for the 2019 World Cup and IPL 2020. He hoped to remain though-provoking and “give relieve to the sport”, one thing he signed off with in a press commentary that he tweeted out.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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