A few weeks ago prior to the beginning of the TNPLseries, Tamil Nadu’s pace bowler K Vignesh was almost ready to miss the second season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). This 22-year-old chap trying his hands as the Kovai Kings pacer had a scheduled travel due for Australia on July 29 under an exchange programme between MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia.
With the strings taken aback, however, he is now going to stay intact for the entire TNPL series that is began with the start show of Lyca Kovai Kings’ opening match against S Badrinath’s Karaikudi Kaalai on Sunday July 23rd in Tirunelveli.
Vignesh, who played for the Kovai Kings during the first season and grabbed 11 wickets, unfolded the truth behind skipping the trip to Australia as M Vijay and Vijay Shankarare going to be unavailable for the greater portion of the tournament as Vijay is backed by a wrist injury and Vijay Shankar is going to in the team of India ‘A’ squad for the South African tour. Further, he said, “I will play the entire TNPL.
I am not going to Australia because Vijay and Vijay Shankar are not available for Kovai. If I also would have not been available, it would have been a huge setback for Kovai”.
Even though this was a great opportunity for him to learn the best tricks from Australian coaches at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, he doesn’t regret his decision and say, “I’ve no complaints. I’m playing in a big tournament like the TNPL. If I do well and get my rewards, I could have an opportunity of playing in the IPL soon. As far as the Australia stint is concerned, I’m not sure whether I will be going after the TNPL or whether I will have to wait till next year.”
His words spoke in the favour of the tournament saying, “I’m really looking forward to the TNPL as I will be playing in a big tournament after a long time. The TNPL is going to be bigger and better this year. So, the expectations and amount of pressure is going to be high. I’m hopeful of putting up a big performance abd tips.”