The Telegraph
Friday , April 11 , 2014
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Vinay is aiming big

Calcutta: As the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) prepare for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is scheduled to begin from Wednesday, they may be buoyed by the fact that they have players in their squad who are hungry for success.

Take the case of pacer Ranganath Vinay Kumar, who will be donning the Knights’ jersey for the first time, in IPL VII. Vinay Kumar, who captained Karnataka to three titles this season, is hoping to win his fourth with the Knights.

Karnataka are the proud winners of the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Irani Cup this season in the domestic circuit.

“I want to win a fourth title this year win with KKR… Winning is a great feeling and hopefully we will do well and win the trophy,” Vinay Kumar said in a video dairy, shot on the sidelines of a practice session in Abu Dhabi.

The Knights seem to be determined to give their best and wouldn’t mind going the extra yard, as was revealed by batsman Robin Uthappa. Uthappa, who too plays for Karnataka, didn’t mind the hard work at the opening day’s practice and believes that it will lead to better things in the future.

“It’s my first day at the KKR nets… We were told that we would have just a light training session… But I had a feeling that it would not be so when our trainer Adrian le Roux said, ‘Boys we will have a light training session’… He made us run quite a bit… But it’s been great. Hopefully it’s going to be even better from here,” Uthappa said.

Besides the physical training, the Knights’ management have roped in South Africa-born adventurer Mike Horn to keep the players mentally fit for the gruelling tournament. His next target is Nepal’s Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. Importantly, Horn will be attempting to climb Makalu without oxygen.

Pushing oneself to the limit is in a way the struggle that one endures on the road to success. Will the Knights be inspired and motivated by Horn’s endeavour? Only time will provide the answer.