Indian pacer Vinay Kumar, on Friday, announced his retirement from all three formats of the game. He announced his retirement via an official statement. Notably, Vinay Kumar represented India in 1 Test, 31 ODIs, and 9 T20Is and took 49 wickets across all formats of the game.
Vinay Kumar, in his note on Twitter, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Karnataka State Cricket Association for providing him the opportunity to live his dream. The 37-year-old fast bowler also thanked all the four franchises whom he played for in the Indian Premier League.
“Today “Davangere Express” after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at a station called “Retirement”. With a lot of mixed emotions, I, Vinay Kumar R, hereby announce my retirement from international and first-class cricket. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day.,” Vinay Kumar said in an official statement on Twitter.
Vinay Kumar further said that he has been lucky enough to play alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli in his career.
“My cricketing experience has been enriched by playing under the great minds of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma to name a few. Also, I was blessed to have Sachin Tendulkar as a mentor at Mumbai Indians.
“Nevertheless, though this station of “Retirement” has arrived for me bringing back all fond memories of my career. However “Davangere Express” has just stopped for a while and not derailed. It will keep running and my journey will continue to give it back to this wonderful game of cricket. And miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep,” Vinay’s statement further read.
Vinay Kumar played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers Kerela, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He also led Karnataka to two consecutive Ranji Trophy titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In November 2018, he had played his 100th match in the Ranji Trophy. In 2019, he had moved from Karnataka to Puducherry, ahead of the Ranji Trophy season.