Vinay Kumar is congratulated by his Karnataka teammates
Vinay Kumar (first from right) led Karnataka to their first Ranji Trophy title in 14 years © PTI

 

Bangalore:Feb 3, 2014

 

Vinay Kumar, who led Karnataka to its seventh Ranji Trophy title, said on Monday that his team’s goal is to dominate Indian cricket for the next ten years.

 

“We have a great bunch of guys who are very young and hungry to perform. I feel we have it in us to keep winning and our goal is to dominate Indian cricket for the next ten years,” Vinay told reporters at a felicitation ceremony of his team members for bringing home the coveted trophy after a 15-year gap.

 

Vinay said his team-mates were pumped up for the finals as they wanted to put behind the sour memories of narrowly losing to Mumbai in the finals four years ago.

 

“The narrow loss to Mumbai four years back in Mysore hurt us, so when we got to the final, all of us were so keyed up and said to each other that we should play as if the cup belongs to us, and we did,” said Vinay Kumar.

 

Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Secretary Brijesh Patel announced Rs 1 crore reward to the team. The Karnataka government had also announced a Rs 1 crore prize money on Sunday.

 

Earlier, the players were welcomed with garlands and greeted by firecrackers at KSCA after they beat Maharashtra in the final by seven wickets on Sunday.