Vinay Kumar was taking a well-earned breather away from the IPL treadmill, and had headed to the outskirts of Bangalore on Sunday when the news of his selection reached him. “I didn't know how to react."
The seamer, who has been on the fringes of selection before, did not want to get his hopes up too much. "I had been expecting this for a while and every time I would be disappointed. My parents would ask me why I wasn't getting selected despite good performances," he said.
"Sometimes I would tell them that perhaps I wasn't destined to play for the country ... Now I am happy seeing them happy."
Vinay's selection is significant given his background. "My parents sacrificed a lot for me. We weren't financially strong and as the eldest of the siblings I had to take care of them. But looking at my interest in the game, my parents encouraged me." The 26-year-old seamer had a long list of coaches and Karnataka teammates to thank, but saved special praise for Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. "They are the ones who have kept me going."