In a chat with The Indian Express, Vinay Kumar spoke about his form, his struggle on the domestic circuit and making the most of his ascension to the national squad.
A consistent domestic performance over the last three seasons helped R Vinay Kumar earn a spot in India's ICC World Twenty20 squad. And the 26-year-old Karnataka pacer managed to justify the faith of the national selectors in IPL III, ending as the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers with 16 wickets in 14 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In a chat with The Indian Express, Vinay Kumar spoke about his form, his struggle on the domestic circuit and making the most of his ascension to the national squad. Excerpts:
Were you expecting a call-up for the ICC World Twenty20?
After finishing the season on a good note, I saw my name in the T20 probables list. I had a feeling I might get a break now, especially after doing consistently well in the last three seasons. Having started off well in the IPL too, I was hoping for the best.
Your patience has paid off.
There were times when I was disappointed but Anilbhai, Rahulbhai and my other team mates always kept me motivated. My first coach, the late Prakash Pawar, and current coach have always asked me to keep performing, and it is a great feeling to see that all that hard-work has paid off finally.
Many youngsters who started much later got to play for India before you. How did you cope with that?
There are players who get their chance early while some get in late. It's not that those who get their opportunity early will play for long or vice-versa. I have been among the top wicket-takers in the country over the last three seasons, I just pushed myself harder to ensure that my performances never dipped and remained consistent.
With the Indian team already having three pacers more experienced, how do you rate your chances of getting a game?
Selection is not in my hands and there is no point in thinking about it. I have been an integral part of the bench-strength over the last few years and I can only hope to get a chance. It will be a great learning experience for me and will also give me a chance to gain some more maturity.
How much impact has cricketing success had on your lifestyle?
It has ensured a decent life for me. My father was an autorickshaw driver and, being the eldest, they were hoping for me to succeed in life. There weren't many options but my father backed me in whatever I did. I have experienced both the best and worst in life already. I have money now and I'm leading a better life.