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Vinay Kumar Retires from All Cricket

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Vinay Kumar announces international, first-class retirement

February 26 2021

"For me, cricket is not just a game, it's a way of living. It has taught me many things, the ups and downs, the successes and failures" - Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket after 17 years in the arena. Kumar made his first-class debut in 2004 for Karnataka against Bengal and two months later the List A debut against Kerala.

After a five-year toil in domestic cricket, Kumar was rewarded with a One-Day International against Zimbabwe in 2010. He played one Test - against Australia in 2012 - and also featured in nine Twenty20 Internationals. His last ODI came at his home ground in Bengaluru where Rohit Sharma smashed 209 in India's series-sealing 57-run win.

"For me, cricket is not just a game, it's a way of living. It has taught me many things, the ups and downs, the successes and failures, the good days and the bad days - all of this has made me a better person," the pacer said in a statement. "I am very proud of all the experiences that I have had as a cricketer.

"Today, the "Davangere Express" after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at the station called retirement. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportperson's where one has to call it a day."

While Kumar had a short international career, he had a stellar domestic career with Karnataka and Puducherry. He picked 504 wickets in first-class cricket at an average of 22.44 from 139 matches. He was instrumental in helping Karnataka reach the Ranji Trophy final in 2009-10 where they lost by six runs to Mumbai. He was the captain when Karnataka won the Ranji Trophy in 2013-14 and 2014-15. He also led the side to Vijay Hazare titles in those two years and the Irani Cup title. In 2019, he joined Puducherry as a professional player for a one-year stint. He picked 45 wickets - the highest for the side - from nine games at an average of 11.31.

Kumar played 11 seasons of Indian Premier League for Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore and had 105 wickets from as many games at a strike rate 20.20.
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