Vinay Kumar - 5 Indian players who might be playing their last IPL
The Indian Premier League has given us a number of memories to live with, the best have been of our favorite players turning out for the franchises and rewinding the clock. While the number of retired cricketers playing in the league is coming down with each passing year, there are still a few players who are past their prime but are still trying to save their careers by playing in the IPL.
These are five players who could be playing their last IPL:
The fast bowler, one of the biggest names in Karnataka domestic cricket currently, has not been able to translate the same form for the Indian team. His form in the IPL, over the last few years, has been very erratic: his expensive spells have added to his problems.
This year, he got two games with the Kolkata Knight Riders and has an economy of 16.95. He was the target of trolls after conceding 17 runs against the Chennai Super Kings in the last over of the game.
It is unlikely that the medium pacer, who will be 35 by next year, will get a team in the IPL.
Vinay Kumar was born in Davangere, Karnataka, on 12 February 1984. He attended a government school in Davangere before graduating from the A.R.G. Arts and Commerce College with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Vinay Kumar married Richa Singh on 29 November 2013.Spouse: Richa Singh
Vinay Kumar was selected for Karnataka's Ranji Trophy team in the 2004–05 season and made his Debut against Bengal. He was the Ranji Trophy's second-highest wicket-taker in the 2007–08 season, with 40 at an average of 18.52. He was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. He is Affectionately Called as "The Davangere Express".
He was the highest wicket-taker in the 2009–2010 domestic season. In IPL 2010, he took 16 wickets, the highest among all pace bowlers in the tournament, leading to his selection to play for India in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies. He played in one match in the tournament, taking two wickets for 30 runs from four overs in India's five-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka.
International career (2010–present)
In May 2010, after India's elimination from the ICC World Twenty20, Vinay Kumar made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Harare, taking 2/51 off eight overs in a six-wicket defeat. He injured his knee before India's next fixture and was replaced in their squad by Abhimanyu Mithun. Vinay Kumar returned to the Indian team in October 2010, playing in one ODI of India's three-match series against Australia and taking 0/71 off nine overs.
In 2011, Vinay Kumar joined Kochi Tuskers Kerala for the franchise's first and only season in the IPL, having been bought for US$475,000 in the pre-season auction. He also returned to the Indian team, being selected in the limited-overs squads for tours of the West Indies and England. He played in the dead rubber fifth match of the ODI series against the West Indies, taking one for 46 from nine overs. He then played in three ODIs in England, taking two wickets. Later in 2011, he played in four ODIs in India against each of England and the West Indies. In December, at the age of 27, he was called into India's Test squad for the first time as a replacement for the injured Varun Aaron for the 2011–12 tour of Australia. He made his Test debut in the third of the four-match series in Perth. His opportunity came as India chose to take four pace bowlers into the match, which caused him to be selected ahead of spinner R Ashwin. He took one wicket (that of Michael Hussey) for 73 runs in Australia's first and only innings of the match. He was left out of India's team for the fourth and final Test of the series in Adelaide, Ashwin returning to the team in his place. He also played in the T20 match between Australia and India on 3 February 2012. In IPL 2014, he played for Kolkata Knight Riders who traded him to Mumbai Indians before the 2015 season. In the 2018 IPL Auction, he was sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders for 1 crore. He got famous after his last over against CSK where he failed to defend 17 runs. His bowling wasted the rigorous effort of Russell who scored 88 runs in 36 balls.