New Delhi: With his 22nd five-wicket haul on Thursday, Vinay Kumar surpassed legendary right-arm off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna’s to enter the top 10 wicket-takers club in Ranji Trophy history. The Karnataka captain demolished Mumbai in the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Nagpur on Thursday. Vinay bagged six wickets, which included a hat-trick, as Karnataka bundled out Mumbai at Nagpur for just 173 runs.
Kumar, playing in his 100th first-class game for Karnataka, became the first bowler to take a hat-trick against Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match. His hat-trick extended to two overs as it began off the final ball of the first over and finished in his second over. The three players dismissed were openers Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista and no. 3 batsman Akash Parkar. It’s Kumar’s second hat-trick in the Ranji Trophy. The first one came against Maharashtra in December 2007.
Later, the medium fast bowler removed Akash Parkar, Siddhesh Lad and KM Kothari to complete his six-wicket haul. Courtesy his 22nd five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, Vinay has entered the list of top 10 wicket-takers in Ranji Trophy (376*). Here’s the complete list:
|Ranji Trophy top 10 wicket-takers|
| Name|| Wickets|
|Rajinder Goel|| 637|
|Srinivas Venkataraghavan|| 530|
|Sunil Joshi|| 479|
|Narendra Hirwani|| 441|
|Bhagwat Chandrasekhar|| 437|
|VV Kumar|| 418|
|Sairaj Bahutule|| 405|
|Bishan Singh Bedi|| 403|
|Utpal Chatterjee|| 401|
|Vinay Kumar|| 376*|
Vinay also becomes the first bowler in the 21st century to pick up a hat-trick in the knockout stage of Ranji Trophy.
Hat-Tricks In Knockouts Of Ranji Trophy
|B Kalyanasundaram||Tamil Nadu||Mumbai||1972-73||Final||Lost|
|AR Bhat||Karnataka||Mumbai||1981-82||Semi final||Won (first inns)|
|SP Mukherjee||Bengal||Hyderabad||1989-90||Semi final||Won (first inns)|
|S Sensharma||Bengal||Delhi||1993-94||Pre quarter-final||Won (first inns)|
|R Vinay Kumar||Karnataka||Mumbai||2017-18||Quarterfinal||–|
Karnataka have been in tremendous form in the current edition. With four outright victories, they qualified for the knockout stage with a game in hand. They are one of the favourites to lift the title this season.