The fight for getting the Purple cap this season in the Indian Premier League seems to be getting intense with every passing day. Legspinner Amit Mishra got hold of the Purple Cap on Friday when he also became the highest wicket taker in IPL, and within 24 hours it was overtaken by Royal Challengers Bangalore's best bowler this season Vinay Kumar.
The Karnataka pacer now has 12 wickets this season, but he is not far ahead of Sunil Narine and Amit Mishra, who are both at 11 wickets each. In an interview to the IPL website Vinay Kumar called this contest a healthy competition, and that it has contributed to his growth as a bowler.
"It is fun. Knowing that you are never too far from the Purple Cap motivates you to try harder to get there. It is changing heads right now but at the end of the tournament, I would like to have it. It is healthy competition. Without competition there's no fun. We have quite a few bowlers in our team and we all keep competing against each other in a good way for wickets."
Vinay rated his last over against Mumbai Indians, where he defended 10 runs in the last over, as his best performance in IPL 6. "I will rate the first game, against the Mumbai Indians in which I defended 10 runs in the final over, as my best. They had batsmen like Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kieron Pollard batting for them at that time and to have won the match by restricting them was a very good feeling. I will not discount this performance. I bowled really well today. But that was more special because of the match situation."
He also credited Indian Premier League for playing a major role in his overall development as a bowler, and handling the pressure situations. " The six years of IPL has helped me mature as a bowler, helped me develop the ability to thrive under pressure. Now when I face a pressure situation, I go in with confidence. In IPL if you're not mentally tough you will not survive. You have to be smart, back yourself in crunch situations and keep evolving. In terms of my bowling, I tried the Malinga ball (sling-arm yorker) in the fourth season and got Chris Gayle out with it. "