N.S Vineel Kumar, a youngster from Dharmavaram, started his journey to become a cricketer in the year 2004. His father, who runs a tiny general store in town, introduced him to the sport by enrolling him at RDT’s Dharmavaram Regional Cricket Centre, which admits motivated youngsters to participate in cricket and other sports, free of cost. His motivation and enthusiastic approach towards cricket earned him a place in the Ananthapuram District team in 2006, within just two years of his taking up the sport. As his Dharmavaram Cricket Centre Coach Mr. Chitra Ventakesh puts it, “Vineel was always very talented and dedicated towards cricket. His passion towards the game was evident at an early stage and he had all the ingredients to become a champion in the future.” His stay at the Dharmavaram Regional Centre was crucial in his development as a player and a person, and it was not long before he swiftly graduated to the Cricket Academy at RDT’s Ananthapuram Sports Village. Cricket has played a major role in Vineel’s life for the better, who was once shy and apprehensive to gel with others. After all the hard work, trials and tribulations, he is now vying for a spot in the Senior Andhra Pradesh State (Ranji) squad, while at the same time securing a long-term job for himself through the sports quota in the state or central government.
“Cricket has helped me come out of my shell and become more confident. It assisted me in establishing a worthy career, and in making a name for myself in my community and society.”
N.S Vineel Kumar,
Student, SSBN College, Ananthapuram and Andhra Pradesh Under-19 state team cricket player.