When R Vinay Kumar made his first-class debut 12 seasons ago, he ticked all the boxes Karnataka expected of a young medium-pacer to shoulder the responsibilities with NC Aiyappa.
Dodda Ganesh was in the twilight of his career and Venkatesh Prasad had played his last first-class match the previous season. While pace was not among his strengths, the bowler from Davanagere made it count with his accuracy and swing.
Even as youngsters jostle for a place in the Indian lineup, the 32-year-old, who has been diligently picking up wickets, is hopeful of earning the Indian cap again.
Vinay, who completed his 400-wicket milestone during his team’s thumping win against Rajasthan, said: “I surely want to get 500-600 wickets, but that is not easy.
My main aim is to play for India. I want to do everything possible for that. By performing I can definitely knock on the doors of the Indian team again.”
While the goals are set, Vinay is aware of the challenges that come with it. “I will get my chances. I’m not saying I will get it tomorrow or in the coming series. You never know, anything can happen.
But the good thing in Indian cricket is that there is a healthy competition. Whenever I get my chance I will perform. That is my biggest goal,” he said