Former Indian pace bowler and Karnataka cricketer R Vinay Kumar is set to move to Puducherry as player after 15 years of playing for the Karnataka Ranji cricket team.
"With a heavy heart I have taken this decision to say goodbye to Karnataka cricket. My 15 years of journey has been wonderful, memorable and unforgettable. I want to thank each and every one who all have been part of my journey. Our KSCA management, all my seniors, my teammates, coaches, support staff, media members and the people of Karnataka who all have showered me with their love & support from the day one," Vinay said in a tweet.
Thank you all pic.twitter.com/TnobfrqKorâ€” Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) August 20, 2019
He further added that it was time for him to move on and allow new talent to come through from the state. He will be fondly remembered by Karnataka cricket fans as the man who led the state side to consecutive Ranji Trophy wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15. He also lifted the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Irani Cup with Karnataka.
Vinay, who hails from Davangere, made his first class debut for Karnataka in 2004 and went on to make 106 appearances for the side, second only to former Indian cricketer Sunil Joshi. He ends his first-class cricket career with Karnataka picking up 459 wickets from 130 matches overall. He was the highest wicket-taking seamer in Ranji Trophy until he was overtaken by Pankaj Singh this year.
Karnataka players showed their support to their former captain on social media and wished him luck for his new challenge.
Congratulations @Vinay_Kumar_R on an absolutely brilliant career with @RanjiKarnataka Wishing you all the best with your journey ahead. pic.twitter.com/8Z5LEQMlU1â€” Karun Nair (@karun126) August 20, 2019
Congratulations on your success with the @RanjiKarnataka team @Vinay_Kumar_R. Will surely miss you in the Karnataka colors! Here's wishing you all the luck for your stint in Puducherry! Thank you for all your guidance & support. You have been such an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/FLRcydNJjgâ€” Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) August 20, 2019
Vinay struggled in the recent Ranji Trophy campaign, picking up just 14 wickets. Players like Prateek Jain, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ronit More, and Prasidh Krishna are in contention to replace him. Vinay was also replaced as the captain of the team by Manish Pandey during the last campaign. But the pacer indicated that he would return to Karnataka and serve the state's cricket association in the future.