Vinay Kumar: ‘Our batting let us down’

The Karnataka captain put the semifinal loss to Vidarbha down to poor batting.

Vinay Kumar (left) felt he should have let the delivery - which caused his downfall - go through to the wicket-keeper.   -  PTI

Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar stated that his side did not deserve to reach the Ranji Trophy final. Vinay put the semifinal loss to Vidarbha down to poor batting.

“Our batting let us down. Chasing 198 is not a difficult task. Most of us got out to bad shots, including me. I should have let that ball go to the wicket-keeper. Mithun - with nine runs remaining to win - could have been more sensible. We don’t deserve to be in final. It feels bad, since we did so well in the matches before this, and we came so close in this match. One bad display of batting cost us the tournament,” Vinay said.

The 33-year-old praised Vidarbha pacer Rajneesh Gurbani. “He made the difference. He bowls in the areas where we found it uncomfortable,” he said.

Asked about some of the debatable decisions made by the umpires, Vinay replied, “I can't comment on that. I think you guys (media) saw it (the umpiring decisions)... We were told at the start of the tournament not to comment on umpires,” he said.

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