Vinay Kumar falls to Rajneesh Gurbani (Image courtesy: PTI)
Vinay Kumar falls to Rajneesh Gurbani (Image courtesy: PTI)

Vinay Kumar sets high standards. Under his captaincy, Karnataka have scaled to great heights in the recent past. The only game they lost this season was the semi-final and that too agonisingly by 5 runs. Karnataka dominated the major parts of the semi-final against Vidarbha but failed to clear the final hurdle as Rajneesh Gurbani s 12-for in the match saw the central Indian side to their maiden appearance in Ranji Trophy final.

Vinay Kumar was ruthless in his post-match analysis of the semi-final and said his side did not deserve to win.

If you ask me, the season is successful only if you win the Ranji Trophy. Otherwise, even if you make the final, if you don t win, you should treat that as not qualified. That s how I look at it. We had many advantages while coming into this game. But unfortunately, we didn t capitalise on them, Vinay Kumar said as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

Karnataka had a very good season. They demolished Mumbai in the quarter-final. They dominated the group that Delhi, the other finalist. Mayank Agarwal finished with 1,160 runs while R Samarth established himself as the other opener, filling up for KL Rahul. K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Abhimanyu Mithun and skipper Vinay himself were the stars of the side this season.

Karnataka needed 87 to win with 3 wickets in hand on the final day at Eden Gardens. Vinay was taking the game away from Vidarbha when he played a bad shot. Mithun took charge and got them 9 runs close to a win before giving his wicket away.

Bad shot from my side. Maybe I should have let the ball go. And (Abhimanyu) Mithun again, when we required nine runs maybe we could have played a little more sensibly, both of us.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Rajneesh Gurbani got emotional seeing Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit ecstatic
Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Rajneesh Gurbani got emotional seeing Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit ecstatic

Credit has to go to their bowlers. They bowled in channels where we are not comfortable. Definitely, this is a let down from our batting group, because 200 runs in the fourth innings was not that difficult on this wicket actually. Most of the batsmen got out to bad shots. And the way we played, I think we deserved not to be in the finals, Vinay added.

Positives

Vinay hailed the top-order and mentioned out the positives this season. However, he wants his players to handle pressure well and perform better in high-pressure matches.

Definitely, the top-order batsmen getting scores it’s a very rare sight for me as captain. Scoring 500-plus runs most of the games, don’t think we have done it so consistently. That is a big advantage, and if you see the fighting spirit from the lower-order batsmen, that is a big takeaway from the season.

These are the guys to take Karnataka forward for long years. They have a very bright future where they can go and play for the country. I think they need to learn to perform in these kind of high-pressure matches. It’s not about the league games. If they want to play the next level, they need to show it in these sort of matches. Many positives, but I always look at the big games, Vinay added.