India in Australia 2011-12 December 9, 2011

Vinay replaces injured Aaron for Australia Tests


Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka fast bowler, has been picked as a replacement for the injured Varun Aaron in India's Test squad to Australia. Aaron's injury was detected on Thursday evening, making him India's second first-choice fast bowler to pull out of the squad due to injury. Praveen Kumar had been ruled of the Australia tour late last month after suffering a rib injury.

Reportedly, Aaron is suffering from a stress reaction in his back, which was diagnosed during the Indore ODI. He will be reporting to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore next week, to chalk out a rehabilitation plan. Incidentally, Aaron had to sit out of the Ahmedabad ODI only because the nail on a toe of his left foot had fallen out. Abhimanyu Mithun replaced him for that match.

Vinay, 27, has been on the fringes of the India's limited-overs sides for the past year and a half, but has not had a chance in Tests so far. Though he wasn't a part of the squad for the World Cup, Vinay was the most experienced of the quick bowlers in the side for the current home series against West Indies, until Irfan Pathan was included for the final two one-dayers.

He has been a consistent performer in first-class cricket for several seasons. He was the second highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy as far back as 2007-08, a feat he repeated two years later when he spearheaded Karnataka's attack during their run to the finals.

It was only two days ago that Vinay had restated his desire to be a part of the Test set-up, a stage where several younger competitors - Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Aaron - had already got the chance to show off their talent.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Vinay has palyed in AUS " he has been to Australia earlier on three occasions with the Karnataka team, and once with India A," Thats exp will count. He has performed consistently in First class for years to get his place in Team India. If speed is only the parameter then shoib would have been world's best bowler. J srinath, who started as fast bowler (He still holds the record for India) was effective even after cutting down his pace(remember 2003 WC). Vinay has got exp behind him. lets C if you guys will have the same opinon after the series.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey, Vinay was the top wicket taker in ranji session 2007 and again in 2009. He is also consistent and fit bowler.Not like the others who bowls @ low 140's in two matches and take rest for 4 months. If you are talking lightly about Venkatesh Prasad that shows your cricketing knowledge.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    and my buddies vinay was not highes wicket taker in emerging players varun aaron was

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    his hopeless line length is still better than that truddler vinay kumar at 125 kmph he again strays the bowland goes over6 runs in4matches varun below 5 joke bowler like that joke venkatesh prasad even mithun is better he can bat 132 to134 vinay is below average truth shows in stats in england conditions he was smashed over 7 wat he want now swinging conditions going for runs inindia smashed for 6 in 16 matches 17 wickets at over 6 and 39 average wow wat abowler check his ipl records goes over 9 runs truddler joker india dont need these we have seen lost in past that cost us our self respect in manymatches

  • Vinay on December 11, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    well said Dravid Gravitas.. Vinay deserves a chance as Indians need a thinking bowler who can use the Australian conditions to good effect.. This could well be the blessing in disguise for Dhoni n co. Aaron is a good future prospect but he is still raw.. I dont see either Vinay or Aaron to be in the starting 11 on Dec 26th.. My pick would be Zak (if fully fit), Umesh Yadav, Ishanth Sharma and Ashwin..

  • Srinivas on December 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey, I'm no expert like you and Wasim Akram ;). But am commenting after looking at the way Varun bowled, his contorted action and his hopeless line and length.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    dravid gravitias vinay uses brains you think you are cricket expert wasim akram and steve waugh has a praise for aaron and yadav aaron was wasim discovery not a truddler tortoise like vinay 6 runs per over in ipl he gives 9 runs per over he is club bowler wasim has praise for aaron and yadav not for vinay kumble and tenvic cleverly selecting these players disgrace to india in england in one day this guy vinay was the main reason we lost one day series 125 kph bowler we have lots of dat joginder sharma is better than vinay or jaidev unadkat

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I think Chris shrikkant made the mind that he will not going to pick irfan for australia...though he picked for windies odi's irfan not got the his chances for tringular series is also faint...chris when your contact of selection comitee will end...BCCI please change selection panel...

  • S on December 11, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    While all Indian fans will be miffed at Cheeka and co., at least the kannadiga fans will keep their mouths shut. For they have got two truly native players from Karnataka selected. While I am not jealous of their selection, at least people should be fair in judging the selectors, i mean cheeka especially.

    Yes M. Vijay got a long rope. But he deserved it. Whenever he got a chance in tests,he did well and helped in winning. Only in the WI he flopped. Now he is no more in the scheme of things unless he comes up with something substantial. Mukund is certainly for the future,once viru retires or gauti suddenly loses form. But for now, he has to make tons of runs.

    Whatever cheeka did or not, his team won the WC for us. He was confident before the WC. But his team won. Though credit should go to Dhoni for the WC victory, Dhoni got the backing of Cheeka and he got the team he wanted from cheeka. Cheeka's stint was really good for us except for the England series. The selec

  • S on December 11, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Sorry for IKP. But we all are assuming that IKP will do well based on his past performances. But he has done little to show that he has arrived. His performance in Ranji doesn't count much. He has to prove in International matches. He'll surely be in for the ODIs. I Pray fervently that he shines in the last ODI against WI today. Let him prove himself in the tri series. If he does, then he'll be a permanent fixture in tests and ODIs in the future. Let us wait.

    As for Mithun and Vinay, their chances of getting into the XI comes only when zak, UY or IS breaks down. Otherwise they will be benched. And for the Sydney test, only two pacers will be played. Assuming that all the 3 first choice pacers will play in the first test, these two KNTK players will get realistically only two chances. And the probability of one of them playing the two tests is very small. I am sure they will not play at all.

    While all Indian fans will be miffed at Cheeka and co., at least the kannadiga

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