Former Indian right-arm seamer Vinay Kumar has become part of the Mumbai Indians‘ talent scout team. Vinay Kumar, a seasoned domestic veteran, has become the second candidate to do so in recent times after Parthiv Patel. Mumbai Indians are arguably the most successful side in IPL history, winning five IPL titles and are also the defending champions.
Vinay Kumar retired from all forms of cricket in February this year, ending his 15-year career in first-class cricket after leading Karnataka to two titles in Ranji Trophy. The right-arm seamer was also part of Mumbai Indians’ two title-winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017, apart from playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
But Kumar’s international career could not prosper, featuring in 41 games across three formats from 2010 to 2013. Mumbai Indians’ owner Akash Ambani was delighted to have the veteran cricketer on board and is confident that he would take the franchise to even greater heights by adding value.
“I am delighted to have Vinay join our talent scout programme. Mumbai Indians is established on strong fundamentals of discovering talent and belief in nurturing youth. I am confident Vinay will add value to our ideology and scouting strength,” Ambani stated as quoted by Times Now.
Mumbai Indians strives for excellence in every aspect of the game: Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar was also pleased to join Mumbai Indians again, stating that the franchise strives for excellence all the time. The 37-year old reckons it’s a new chapter for him and it’s an opportunity to give him back to the sport.
“I am honoured for this opportunity to associate with Mumbai Indians again. Mumbai Indians strives for excellence in every aspect of the game, and scouting talents is undoubtedly their key strength. It’s a new chapter and personally, I reckon it as an opportunity for me to give back to cricket,” he added.