Vinay Kumar is a seam and swing bowler who relies more on leg-cutters, slower balls and accuracy, than on outright pace. Making his first-class debut in 2004-05, he quickly established himself by taking more than 20 wickets in each of his first three first-class seasons. Vinay soon added the in-swinger to his repertoire, and his consistency earned him an Indian Premier League contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. His first defining domestic season was in 2009-10, where he captured 46 wickets, besides mentoring his fast-bowling colleagues, Abhimanyu Mithun and S Aravind, to lead Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy final for the first time in 11 years. Some good performances in IPL 2010 earned him a spot in India’s squad for the World T20 in West Indies, but he has not been able to hold it down consistently. His most recent international appearance came in 2013.
The high point of Vinay’s career came when he led Karnataka to a historic, unprecedented treble of domestic titles with the team winning the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Irani Cup for two successive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Vinay’s own contribution with the ball was noteworthy as he picked up 29 and 48 wickets respectively
Vinay Kumar will be leading Karnataka for the season-opening Ranji Trophy clash against Vidarbha at Nagpur. He will be completing a major milestone – 100 games in the country’s premier domestic tournament. Vinay will become just the third player to have represented the eight-time champions in 100 games after Brijesh Patel (104) and Sunil Joshi (117).
The IPL played a very important role in his development. Thanks to the IPL, he started sharing dressing room with international cricketers. It gave him the confidence that he can make it at the highest level.
According to Vinay Kumar, his Motivators are James Anderson from England and Ashish Nehra from India.