India in Australia 2011-12 December 11, 2011

Vinay Kumar confident ahead of Australia tour

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Vinay Kumar, the India seamer, has said he is confident of adapting to playing conditions in Australia and believes he is good enough to play Test cricket. A regular in the ODI squad over the last couple of years, Vinay was included in India's Test squad for the first time when he was named as a last minute replacement for the injured Varun Aaron for the tour of Australia.

"I have been to Australia earlier on three occasions with the Karnataka team, and once with India A," Vinay told the Indian Express. "So the place is not new to me and I know the conditions. I don't think adapting will be a problem for me.

"I know I am good enough to play in the longer formats. In 2007, I was the highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy and repeated the feat two years later. I really enjoy bowling long spells. I will have to adjust my line and length in Australia. Hopefully, I will get to play in the practice games and I will bank on my previous experience in Australia.

He is not taking anything for granted though, and plans to speak to former India players about what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the game. "I will speak to former medium-pacers like Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad who know what it takes to excel at the international level. The India team bowling coach Eric Simons has been of great help and the same goes for coach Duncan Fletcher. Fletcher has told me in the past that I have the game for Test cricket."

Asked about this potential as an allrounder, Vinay said it was important for everyone down to No.11 to be able to bat. "I started my career as a batsman. Today, even the No. 11 needs to be a decent bat. Last year, Ishant [Sharma] had a partnership with VVS Laxman in the Mohali Test against Australia, which helped us win the game. It was a wake-up call for every bowler, with regard to how valuable a contribution with the bat can be.

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  • Lord_Dravid on December 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @redneck..taylor made batting strip at waca like last time? or are u saying that because its hard for you to digest an indian win?hmmm ...also that sidney test 2008 saved you from losing that matchl due to awful umpring by steve bucknor..u should embrace yourself like fellow india bashers this time because you're going to have a tough time playing swing bowling which most of you rbatsmen cant play from ishant and Zak and spin balls from ashwin and ojha which the australians never played well..its gonna be a fun series! :)

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 14, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @redneck: Frankly, India wont mind that as they have a better chance to bowl out australia for a meagre score.The whole world now knows what's the secret to win against the aussies; Prepare a green spicy pitch!, the aussie batsmen will fish their wickets to the slips and the keeper!

    And about last time, please stop crying over sour grapes. As per your statement, If india were handed a batting strip the last time at WACA, I can conclude that Australia cant bat even on a batting pitch let alone a green one! . Funny, really funny!.

  • CricketFan999 on December 14, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @Santhosh Shetty.. Well said. I totally agree with you mate. Don't know why people are so baised with Irfan. Prove your place in the team and the only place to prove to get the node is Ranji trophy. These guys have proved enough to gain the place. Australian pitch have enough pace for Vinay to concentrate on line and length. 130+ is more than sufficient to get wicket in Australian pitch. What about Bracewell of NZ, he wasn't in his 150+...grow up guys...JUST BE AN INDIAN and don't differentiate by region.

  • redneck on December 14, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    i hope india get a real waca wicket this series not like that taylor made batting strip the waca rolled out for them last time!!! and wouldnt mind a scg pitch like 2010 too, take the spin advantage away from india. i dont have a clue who india intend to be the 3rd seamer for the tour but if its vinay kumar then australia are laughing. this blokes all talk! walk the walk mate before making statements. emerging players touniment is not like a test match. vastly different pitches used and vastly different opposition.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    While Vinay is better than that over-rated Varun, I think Irfan would have been a better choice. He would have been of immense help if we had to go with 5 bowlers option. Now we don't have that option. Also, where is Rahul Sharma? He can also bat. And where is Nampally by the way :). I'm seriously worried about our bowling options.

  • couchpundit on December 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    @Santhosh Shetty- So much for you following domestic Cricket, being highest wicket taker in ranji for 2007 and 2009 is better than 32wickets in 3 matches in current form? well in that case you dont know anything beyond statistics.e.g. Ganguly had scored umpteen centuries doenst mean he can bat now the same way, just because he is still available for ranji. Have some sense.

    Please rise above your regional bias, and look at Indian team that needs to win abroad.

  • Naresh28 on December 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @nampally - I concur with your views - IRFAN and Rahul Sharma should have been in the team to Australia. India will use ZAKS, ISHANT and Umesh. Probably Ohja and Ashwin for spin. Vinay and Mithun will warm the bench. Why is it that Indian selectors always do that - the two backups should be key bowlers with good records. It is as though the selections are done with the playing 11 and then the backups are always mediocre.

  • on December 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    he is right arm slow bowler and hopefully wont get a chance.. dont know how selectors pick up these players without thinking of the pitches they r going to play in Australia

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Good luck Vinay. This guy has proved his ability over and again in domestic cricket. he deserves a chance.... For all those talking about regional bias... and Anil's influence.. if you don't follow domestic cricket, this is what happens. vinay kumar abhimanyu mithun and srikanth arvind were the leading wicket takers in the Ranji. Hence they deserve a chance. I am confidnt that they will cash on it. enough of chance given for sree and irfan... i would be happy to see irfan back in team... but he has to prove his fitness and form. just a goodtime in 32-3 matches will not help.

  • soofy on December 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Vinay & Mithun might be good at ranji level but at international, they are just an ordinary bowler

  • Lord_Dravid on December 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @redneck..taylor made batting strip at waca like last time? or are u saying that because its hard for you to digest an indian win?hmmm ...also that sidney test 2008 saved you from losing that matchl due to awful umpring by steve bucknor..u should embrace yourself like fellow india bashers this time because you're going to have a tough time playing swing bowling which most of you rbatsmen cant play from ishant and Zak and spin balls from ashwin and ojha which the australians never played well..its gonna be a fun series! :)

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 14, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @redneck: Frankly, India wont mind that as they have a better chance to bowl out australia for a meagre score.The whole world now knows what's the secret to win against the aussies; Prepare a green spicy pitch!, the aussie batsmen will fish their wickets to the slips and the keeper!

    And about last time, please stop crying over sour grapes. As per your statement, If india were handed a batting strip the last time at WACA, I can conclude that Australia cant bat even on a batting pitch let alone a green one! . Funny, really funny!.

  • CricketFan999 on December 14, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @Santhosh Shetty.. Well said. I totally agree with you mate. Don't know why people are so baised with Irfan. Prove your place in the team and the only place to prove to get the node is Ranji trophy. These guys have proved enough to gain the place. Australian pitch have enough pace for Vinay to concentrate on line and length. 130+ is more than sufficient to get wicket in Australian pitch. What about Bracewell of NZ, he wasn't in his 150+...grow up guys...JUST BE AN INDIAN and don't differentiate by region.

  • redneck on December 14, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    i hope india get a real waca wicket this series not like that taylor made batting strip the waca rolled out for them last time!!! and wouldnt mind a scg pitch like 2010 too, take the spin advantage away from india. i dont have a clue who india intend to be the 3rd seamer for the tour but if its vinay kumar then australia are laughing. this blokes all talk! walk the walk mate before making statements. emerging players touniment is not like a test match. vastly different pitches used and vastly different opposition.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    While Vinay is better than that over-rated Varun, I think Irfan would have been a better choice. He would have been of immense help if we had to go with 5 bowlers option. Now we don't have that option. Also, where is Rahul Sharma? He can also bat. And where is Nampally by the way :). I'm seriously worried about our bowling options.

  • couchpundit on December 13, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    @Santhosh Shetty- So much for you following domestic Cricket, being highest wicket taker in ranji for 2007 and 2009 is better than 32wickets in 3 matches in current form? well in that case you dont know anything beyond statistics.e.g. Ganguly had scored umpteen centuries doenst mean he can bat now the same way, just because he is still available for ranji. Have some sense.

    Please rise above your regional bias, and look at Indian team that needs to win abroad.

  • Naresh28 on December 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @nampally - I concur with your views - IRFAN and Rahul Sharma should have been in the team to Australia. India will use ZAKS, ISHANT and Umesh. Probably Ohja and Ashwin for spin. Vinay and Mithun will warm the bench. Why is it that Indian selectors always do that - the two backups should be key bowlers with good records. It is as though the selections are done with the playing 11 and then the backups are always mediocre.

  • on December 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    he is right arm slow bowler and hopefully wont get a chance.. dont know how selectors pick up these players without thinking of the pitches they r going to play in Australia

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Good luck Vinay. This guy has proved his ability over and again in domestic cricket. he deserves a chance.... For all those talking about regional bias... and Anil's influence.. if you don't follow domestic cricket, this is what happens. vinay kumar abhimanyu mithun and srikanth arvind were the leading wicket takers in the Ranji. Hence they deserve a chance. I am confidnt that they will cash on it. enough of chance given for sree and irfan... i would be happy to see irfan back in team... but he has to prove his fitness and form. just a goodtime in 32-3 matches will not help.

  • soofy on December 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Vinay & Mithun might be good at ranji level but at international, they are just an ordinary bowler

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 13, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    If ZAK is fit ZAK,Ishant, Umesh and Ashwin will do the job. Otherwise, Vinay may get the chance ahead of Mithun in the place of ZAK.

  • on December 13, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    should be great series - i hope australias form improves alot

  • posybeon123 on December 13, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Y THE HECK VINAY???? he gets bashed way to much and doesnt take wickets. NO PACE OR SWING OR CUT OR ANYTHING . Irfan was atleast experienced and had the inswingers and was a decent bat

  • cricket_fan_NH_USA on December 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Good Luck Vinay. I believe Vinay deserves the place in test team and has to prove his ability and make a mark. Controversies around the selection for anybody is always the talk of the town and people who don't understand the cricket also chip in with their comments. I believe it will be a good contest in Australia and we will get to see good cricket and may the better side win.

  • Raman.UV on December 12, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Vinay might be good at ranji level but at international, he is just an ordinary with nothing to discuss abouthim. And pls be an Indian first rather then kannad or tamilian. he doesnt deserve his place in national side i dont know y he is in the ODI as well. Nehra, RP, Agarkar Irfan and all had proved there worth in national side from there first outings not like this guy who cant even swing the ball......

  • 06061999 on December 12, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    i think the for the first test for australia is warner/huges watson clarke ponting khwaja mek hussey haddin johnson siddle lyon and pattinson

  • rainarocks on December 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    raina is better than vinay because he is a good allrounder

  • Nampally on December 12, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    This debate about Vinay is an exercise in futility. I would have 2 guys who are likely to play in XI in the side instead of Mithun & Vinay, who willbe benched. India needs to focus on wicket takers not just some on who can turn their arm over at what ever speed.If a bowler is accurate,consistent, can turn the ball guilefully and get an uncomfortable bounce, he will take wickets.All this talk about radar gun hitting 140 or 150 KPH will not get you wickets if you are as way ward as Mithun.If I had a choice to pick Indian squad, i will plan the winning tactics first and fill in the side accordingly. Instead of Mithun & Vinay, my choice would be Rahul Sharma & Irfan Pathan.Rahul is consistetly accurate & guileful leg spinner.He has got the bounce & speed too.He is my #1 choice of spinner in OZ land. Irfan as an all rounder gives a choice for added batting & bowling.His inclusion can eliminate the need for a specialist seamer & he is an excellent fielder too.Good Luck to Vinay on bench!

  • dms1972 on December 12, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    New Zealand's bowling attack is at least twice as good as the one India are sending out to Australia, so Indian fans expecting an easy victory are in for a very rude shock. David Warner, Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh will be ensuring Australia score lots of runs. Ricky Ponting will find something like his best form and finish off the carnage with Michael Clarke. Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag will need to bat well for India to be any chance of winning. Against an inexperienced bowling attack, there is every possibility that they will bat well, so Australians are hoping Ryan Harris is fit and that Pattinson can continue the good start to his Test career.

  • on December 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    i hope both vinay and mithun both do well .i can never root against India .Vinay selection perhaps can be justified but Mithun selection smacks surely of regional bias. and you just know that if any injuries, S Aravind will. be the next one down there .There. seems to some connection between chairman of selectors and Karnataka pacemen .Not sure if this is Kumbles influence but i dont think so . The three players from South Zone who i would have to liked to see in INDIAN side are Sreesanth in tests and Uthappa or Rayadu in Odis instead of Patel .Sreesanth would have been better than Vinay or Mithun.Of course Irfan would be first choice but im tired of repeating that over and over again .

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    i dont think vinay kumar can do well in australiya, pathan should get chance to go and to play ,he is having experiance against australiya but k shrikant is there and i dont think he will pickup pathan.

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Hey guys - give them a chance. McGrath did not bowl at 140+ but he was one of the best bowlers that pitched the ball at good lenght everytime. All they have to do is remember to be consistent and not be carried away by the bounce. Be Patient and bowl consistently at good length and u will get the results. REMEMBER Be patient and pitch the ball at good length - no matter if u get hit for a few runs - don't stray from your line or length.

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    too much Vinay bashing and too much expectations from Irfan-so called all rounder who couldnt get a single run in one full over! i know irfan has been a good player 2-3 years ago, and once he proves, he can be back in team. agreed vinay is not express like varun, yadav, but he ranges between 125-132 kmph just like praveen, who was successful in england. so lets not degrade our own players here, lets support them, whoever plays, i want only India win. not north india or south india.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 12, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @SURAY VENKATESH . THE GREAT THING ABOUT MITHUN , ARAVIND , VINAY IS THAT THEY COME FROM SOUTH ZONE . THAT IS THE ONLY REASON THEY ARE IN THE TEAM.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    VINAYA KUMAR WILL NOT GET A CHANCE TO PLAY UNTIL ONE OF , ZAK , YAYDAV , ISHANT GETS INJURED . IF ZAHEER GETS INJURED THEN HE WILL PROBABLY OUT OF THE SERIES . ALTHOUGH INDIA WILL PLAY 2 SPINNERS IN ADELAIDE , SYDNEY .

  • deepak_sholapurkar on December 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    what happened to Varun Aaron? How many overs he has bowled so that he can get "stress reaction" on his back? Strange ! !

  • on December 12, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    All the best Vinay, i guess most of our Bowlers can't produce 145+ at any given day...So we need somebody with consistent line and length.... will be waiting to see how you perform...

  • ultimatewarrior on December 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Definitely Vinay Kumar is well deserve a chance in longest form of cricket! Hope he will take it with both hands....Good luck man...

  • on December 12, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Last few seasons Karnataka Ranji fortune has been up. Hope these two Mitun and Vinay does the same for the Indian team. Despite loosing these two, Karnataka Ranji is still at the top. I am not sure if these two have contributed any to change in Karnataka's Ranji fortune. Because inherently Karnataka can find replacement like Appana, Binny. Either the Ranji standards are very low compared to International or Karnataka has depth. I wish to think Karnataka has depth, if otherwise the selectors cant base their decisions on Ranji performance. Which means neither of the three Irfan included are any good in Australia.

  • kasyapm on December 12, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @Vijayendra Darode, dude, I can't believe that you are hinting Kumble is behind Vinay's & Mithun' inclusion. Vinay is one of the leading wicket-takers in Ranjis for the past few years. So, he deserves respect! and Mithun is the highest wicket-taker for karnataka in 2009. OK, we can debate if Irfan (or some other pacer) could have been selected in place of Mithun. But, let us understand that it is not just because of regional bias. If we wish, we can pick such trends in each and every decision. And one last thing about Jumbo - he is a guy who had served every captain he played under, with distinction never complaining that he be made one (even though he was a regular, the most experienced after Sachin & a guy with leadership skills) & accepted it with humility when offered. Let's stop insulting our legends with such comments.

  • kasyapm on December 12, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I back Vinay to do well. Doing well in first-class cricket has to count. Though we are yet to see outstanding performances from Vinay in ODIs yet, I feel he is ready for tests. Guys like PK & Vinay can perform even if they don't have pace. But Mithun? I feel it was a hasty selection and I sincerely hope he does not go the Unadkat way.

  • Ashraf07 on December 12, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    India playing XI should be like this 1. V Sehwag 2. G Gambhir 3. R Dravid 4. S Tendulkar 5. VVS Laxman 6. Rohit / Kohli / Ojha(if we want 3Pacer & 2spiner) 7. MS Dhoni 8. Ashwin / Ojha 9. I Sharma 10. U Yadav 11. Zaheer / Irfan Replace Vinay by Irfan bcoz Irfan is good compare to Vinay...........

  • on December 12, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @WeeBee: we watched nz vs aus, and aus lost by 7 runs! get ready to feel the heat mate..I wonder if ur aussie team can even score 47 runs against India! 4-0 on kangarooooo!

  • RagsGH on December 12, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    The time will come to you guys to question the credibility of Vinay Kumar. He is such a nice and hard worker. I pray he will get few games in Aus to prove himself. Am sure he will trouble Aus bats. Some guys gone to the extent questing selectors and Great KLumble??? What you guys are talking about. Even am a big fan of Irfan, he is also a hard worker I agree. But he got chance to prove himself and falied but surely he will get chance again. For this time it has to be VInay and Mithun because of their domestic performances. Irfan just played 3 matches against a weak teams. Let him take the Wickets of Karntaka, Tamilnadu and Mumbai teams then I do will agree he is capable and can come in. If you people are insisting every day about Irfan what about talented guys like Vinay. Let Vinay play one series and will wait for that. If he fails then chance will go to some other talented guy. It is very bad thing commenting about a player he is not even started his carrier. It is shame on all of us

  • BhavanaP on December 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Glad that folks who performanced in Ranaji are getting chances to play for India. It really doesn't matter who the blowers are in Indian side. Batsmen are winning matches for India. All blowers are equally bad. None of them are listed in top 5 of any format of the game in international ranking. People cry for Irfan Pathan as though he will save India from Australians in which case selector wouldn't have dropped him 2 years back. Only Ghambir, Shewag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and Dhoni can win matches for India in Australia. Vinay, all the best.

  • Precioustar84 on December 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    The place is not new to you Vinay but you bring nothing on the table on the national level. Another one that will be waste space is Mithun. Irfan would've been far better choice than these two. At least I'm glad that Bhajji is out; not that I dislike this guy but he hasn't brought anything to the table either.

  • NairUSA on December 12, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Vinay has worked hard to prove himself as an asset to India in the recent games. He may not have express pace, but could find success due to his discipline in line, length and swing. After all, the best of the batsmen fall to wily bowling rather than pure speed. Hope Vinay can support the Indian strength of skillful seam bowling led by Zaheer. Best luck!

  • SamRoy on December 12, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Mithun shouldn't have been selected. He is not even the 10th best pacer in the country. No pace, no swing. He has a fit body and athletic physique ... that's all. Hopeless bowler.. Irfan should have been selected ahead of this guy. Vinay has decent skill and his selection is fine

  • Another_brick_in_the_wall on December 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @nag, well said. Karnataka bowlers have been the best in the country for last two years. Way better than Irfan "115 kmph" Pathan or RP singh (you guys are joking right ?) or anybody else. Not sure how Irfan got selected to the ODIs against the WI too. He is such a mediocre bowler. Sure, Vinay is not as quick as Yadav, but so is no one else. This is the best team that India could come up with. Now live with it.

  • Guru_Bennur on December 12, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Dear Bro I would like reminds to those that, Vinay Kymar bowls at 133 to 140 KMH. not as some prejudiced guys says at 125kmh. Second thing is Vinay is consistent performer over the last four to five seasons. Even he is bowling decently and sealed his berth in ODI and T20 format. thirdly he can bat in lower the order. He is kind of Richerd Hadlee mold bowling Al lrounder. If any bowler wants succeed in highest level only speed won't work He has to take wickets also. and Vinay Kumar is the one who has the will and Talent along with Hard work to succeed.

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Australia brings in pattinson & starc in place of injured cummins & johnson on the other hand we bring sensational mithun & world beater vinay kumar!! wow this series is not going the right way . . . . but we can still hope that zak, ishant, & umesh stays fit for the entire length of this series or else we might just have another england type debacle waiting . . .

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    If Irfan Pathan would have not performed in the last match, ur place for Aussies Tour was granted due to your domestic performance and no other names for the same. Selectors should have waited till the end of ODI series to announce a replacement for Praveen Kumar. Now, Vinay Kumar's inclusion in test team ahead of Irfan looks premature.

  • JustIPL on December 12, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Vinay is rightly confused because whatever he has done is exactly in the backyard against the lowly rated WI who definitely looked very very competitive. After playing at the home of WI the English summer unfolded. This time youngster have done better but they know it is their backyard but Aussies are not in the greatest of forms and any practice done against WI will pay off. Both India and West Indies have reshaped their bench strength. So, Aussies are bound to have a tough time.

  • Shridhar_Malur on December 12, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Well the only way to look at it is to feel happy for Vinay and Mithun who have managed to wrangle an all expenses paid holiday to Australia. There are people (some on this forum too) who claim to have seen Mithun bowl fast. Of course the veracity of the same still needs to be confirmed because in all the matches that he has played for India, one has never seen him bowl faster than the 135 kph mark and is always ensconced in the 120-130 kph range 99% of the time. The look on his face when Asnani gifted him Samuels' wicket in the last ODI said it all. Someone up there likes him. For Mithun's career's sake it might be worth if Srikkanth and co. can also sponsor Sudhir Asnani's trip to Australia.

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    To those who do not understand what are Australian conditions, here is a tip. Doug Bracewell who took ninefer today to win test for Kiwis bowls at ~mid 130s..he swung the ball when the conditions favoured him in Hobart and Aussies could not handle him. In India series, Vinay will get similar conditions to Hobart in first test in Melbourne; Sydney could be anything, but judging by how the current summer is going, there is serious possibility of rain-rain, so swinging conditions (like Pakistanis got in Sydney in 2010 new year test and knocked over Aussies for 126) may prevail in Sydney right through the test. At Perth, Freementle-doctor always helps the swing a bit. Adelaid will be benign and mostly flat. Now if Vinay gets a chance to play any of the first three tests, he may be useful. Remember Praveen Kumar who is far slower than Vinay was hugely successful in 2007-08 ODI series due to his ability to swing..Don't knock over the new young fello. Give him an opportunity to fail first!!!

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    To be frank, i think Vinay could well be a better choice than any other fringe bowler other than Pathan.. He is a bit aggressive(Sometimes over aggro) but can still maintain good line and length. We have seen some of his variations in all levels.. More importantly, in ODIs he played so far, he leaks runs a bit in end overs when the batsen look to hit everything only and not when normal cricket is played.. Lets give respect to his domestic record and his A tour records and not bash him without giving opportunity.. He is India's most successful replacement bowler.. First of all, i wish our primary attack of Zak, Ish and Umesh stays fit full tour and does the job themselves :-)

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    People compare mcgrath's speed with vinaykumar's....!!! ha ha.. What the hell....?? Mcgrath always bowled in the 135-140+ speeds.. and vinay/mithun...whose max speed is 133 and avg speed 129....and neither of them had the height of Mcgrath to get enough bounce.....

  • SuNiShal on December 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Strange, Indian selectors are never going to learn. They have 100% belief in INDIA as a country which does not have good pace bowlers and that is the reason why they select Medium Pacers. If they had to get a replacement for Varun then it should have been another Express Pace Bowler like Abu Nechim, who plays for Assam in the Ranji Trophy and who is probably faster than Varun and Yadav and also swing the ball both ways. In Australia, UK and Africa we need 140+ bowlers to make a mark. Agreed Vinay is a Good Bowler and could well fit as an All Rounder, if he also concentrates on his batting.

  • prashanthbm88 on December 12, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    my dear frndz who r talking abt varun aaron, he is another over rated bowler similar to VRV Singh. anyone remembers his name ?? was so called fastest indian bowler who is not even in domestic scene these days... wel talking abt vinay, he is another medium pace bowler who can trouble batsmen in aus with his swing n ctrl. oz batsmen r struggling against medium pace of bracewell n ppl here r talking abt brashing our bowlers huh... just c both vinay n mithun can b handful on bouncy wkts. along wit ishant, zak n umesh these 2 can b handy.. watch out for them..........

  • Farce-Follower on December 12, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Looks like most Indians want show ponys and 'fast' bowlers (no matter if it is fodder). Yes, there is a place for such stud boys. It is called IPL. For Tests however, let us select sincere bowlers who have a mature head. Vinay has shown that as captain of Karnataka. Many so called cricket fans are upset that an unassuming guy from Karnataka can make it to the team. What a shame!

  • Nampally on December 12, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Hello, Are you talking of the Australian batting or Indian batting? When you say by Mid afternoon 7 -- for, it reminds me of Aussies being bundled for 49 by SA recently & by NZ for136, 2 days back! Honestly though, the Australians are building up their team after the back to back losses to England in 2 consecutive series - Away & Home.Without Watson, the Aussie batting is very shaky. Watson plans to get back for the Boxing day test and risk being injured again. India has balanced bowling to counter the Australian seamers. So it will be Raw speed Vs. balanced attack.In fact Vinay may not be in XI - Yadev & Ishant will both provide the speed, ZAK the swing & Ashwin & Ojha the guileful spin.Sehwag will provide the attack at the top of batting while Fab 3 will take care of the middle order. Dhoni & Rohit Sharma will provide the late batting power. So Mr. OZ please don't expect a walk over. It will be hotly contested series & don't be surprised if India win the series - OK!.

  • theskeptic on December 12, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    this will be the last tour for vinaya kumar!

  • on December 12, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    In test matches, you need pace with swing. Vinay has a decent swing, but he bowls at 125 kmph, which is not going to trouble the Aussies. You need to take wickets man, not an economical bowler in tests. We are definitely dearth of genuine fast bowlers at present. Hope Zaheer, Umesh or Ishant does not get injured.

  • tansez on December 11, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Guys, the selection has been done. Now we should keep faith and support the team,irrespective of their regions. Lets not cry before the milk splits.

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Confident until about mid morning on the first session, when they are already 7-for, haha

  • gestapo on December 11, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    india can rely on zaheer unless his body crumbles like in the england tour,, and ishant,umesh can be banked upon too,,but vinay and mithun neither have the physique nor the speed to bowl fast,, they may think they can extract some swing and bounce,but when you bowl at 120-125, what can one expect? dollies and juicy half volleys the aus batsmen will feast on,,kumble at his fastest used to be around 115.I remember how our bowlers were given a pasting in the 99 tour of australia,,zaheer, ishant and umesh will be the frontline seamers. It will be minus a bowler if mithun or vinay is selected.

  • WeeBee on December 11, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    hehe! he is a waste! ... in Australia u need fast ballers who could bowl at 140+ , and with his pace he is gona get more puncishment by talented Australian batsman! ... Dont believe me .. watch nz vs aus test match .. u will find out. hehehe

  • Asbah on December 11, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    If Vinay or Mithun get to play in Australia, then they are gonna get butchered. They are just not good enough to be in the Test Squad. Yadav looks impressive and I hope that Zaheer, Sharma and Yadav remain fit throughout the series.

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @crindo77 - that was hilarious...lol.. i hope he doesnt go beyond dropping water bottles, even if he drops them..

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    "Ok Vinay, now that we've got you selected on the Australia tour here's something that I want you to remember: NEVER EVER take my name or the company's name in any of the interviews. You see it doesn't look good." -- A leg-spinning legend who now manages Tenvic an agency which manages Vijay Kumar, and A Mithun who coincidentally is on the Aus tour too.

  • on December 11, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Vinay is good swing Bowler and maintains good line and length. He has proved that in dead spin dominated Indian wickets by taking lot of wickets. Surely given a chance he will perform well in Australia. Also he is a decent batsman. So if India decides on 4 seemers in test, Vinay should get a chance. If Zaheer, Ishant and yadav has pace. Vinay depends on Line and length. On the other hand Mithun has pace he should be a back up for those 4 pacers

  • Ajayvs on December 11, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    People who comment here generally do not follow Ranji cricket.For God sake give fair chance to people who perform in domestic cricket or crap the whole thing and just go with IPL. People like R.P,Sreesanth have been given enough and more chances.Mind you both were in England tour and have not been great shakes in recent times. I'm a big Fan of Irfan phatan but it is a fact that his form has dipped in recent times and he has just recovered from injuries. People who come up with names based on their Whims and Fancies,Please back them up with their on field performance and stats.

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Well this will be the great test for the Indian team. India mostly win the home series and simply fails in Australia or England. best of luck to Indian Team.

  • truebleue_cricfan on December 11, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I think Vinay Kumar has a really good chance to succeed in Australia. He can swing the ball and thats what counts. He will be a handful i feel. In fact I think he would have made a difference had he played in England earlier this year. Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar swung the ball just way too much to be effective (as opposed to Anderson and co who got the edges because they swung it just enough), and VK would have proved useful because he swings it just right. And those who write him off just because he is taken for runs in the shorter version of the game because of his pace do not yet realize what he is capable of. Hope he gets a chance to showcase his skills in Aus.

  • nag42408 on December 11, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    sundenly irfan who has plyed badly for 3 yrs comes back in ranji tropy takes 21 wickets not agantis tough opposition in ranji cricket and sudnely becomes blue eyed boy of indian cricket every north indian wants him in the team but people who performed well aganist good ranji team become talented less blowers and people even talk about kris helping south zone plyers if getting selected to india test team is because of ranji performance then vinay and mithun deserve to be there to aus and if they donot perform well then take them out of team we at karnataka do not qustion because india team comes first.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    he is an average bowler just like Mithun.. hope they dont get a game to play in the test matches and India play zak, yadav and ishant as the 3 seamers

  • Romenevans on December 11, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    People who are bashing Vinay on his pace and blah blah will have to eat their words back. I'm damn sure he'll trouble lot of Aussies batsman with his line, length and consistent swing.

  • Sano27 on December 11, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @Nivas:nly hardworking guys can go ahead in international level.....VK is not that talented...but he is a deteminant guy....he is a kind of bowler who relies on line & length more than pace.....all that matters is his attittude towards the game....he bowled very well in the emerging player's tournament held in australia....so its good to give him a chance in down under....

  • gestapo on December 11, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    he will get a pasting in australia,,bowling at 120 ?? kumble's fastest deliveries used to be around 110-115,,umesh yadav can do a bit,,all these guys like mithun or vinay just do not have the physique or the speed to be branded as fast bowlers.

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    He is ordinary at best... nothing brilliant... another workhorse with no talent...

  • Notout_Naveen on December 11, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Vinay has the potential to be a very good bowler at the international level..There are many critics who say that he doesn't have much pace to test the batsmen in test cricket.. Well, If pace is the only criterion to be selected at test level then bowlers like Mc.Grath and his likes who rely with line and length , variations and swing wouldn't have succeeded!!!

    Vinay do your best as you have been doing in Ranji trophies..Wish you all the best..cheers!!!!

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    well @follyfedup ya i agree i have seen domestic cricket i love his attiude and sicerity and clever mind but i think in place of mithun irfan should have gone hopefully they do well

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Another Wrong Selection again, I think Vinay K is not ready for test. Very Well Done Krish U done it again by Favouring South Zone Player .

  • amin.bintory on December 11, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Of course this mediocre bowler is confident. Didn't deserve to be on the plane to down under in the first place. Irfan Pathan was the right replacement with experience and way better bowling to suit the Aussie conditions. Don't know what the selectors are playing at. They don't seem to have learnt from the England debacle. They made batting errors there with the inexperienced opening. Now here with the bowling. God bless and save India.

  • Kingsagar2thi on December 11, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Yes, for sure, he will prove that his selection was wrong. Good luck VK...

  • on December 11, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    truddle truddle.........truddle

  • Kumar_NJ_USA on December 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Go for it, Vinay! You've got nothing to lose except an opportunity and that has been provided to you. Aussie conditions are a little more conducive to pace bowling and will definitely help you, Yadav and Sharma. Good luck to all of you.

  • hm007 on December 11, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Given a chance, I am 100% sure that you will do well. Best of Luck!

  • DalesGuy on December 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Medium pacers like Srinath.... What is guy talking about?

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    This guy, Vinay Kumar claims lot with little to back up with performance. Other day, he was telling 'I am happy for leading the bowling attack' !. Just I do not understand, he might have played few more games than Umesh , Varon or Ashwin. But, does he really think that he is better than those. Hope he will not claim so when playing along with Zaheer !. Some one should tell him that he has done hardly anything great and lucky to be on board for Australia......and as a last choice.

  • FoollyFedUp on December 11, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    People who have seen you play domestic cricket, know your sincerity and talent. All the very best. Don't listen to voices that don't matter.

  • crindo77 on December 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    To much talk !! He has made statements before in the media about him being the 'senior bowler' , which was hilarious. The people we want to do well are Umesh and Isahant. And Jaidev Unadkat and Pathan need to come back. So Vinay, thanks, but no thanks. Just because Praveen Kumar is injured, dont get ahead of urself. That's bad manners. Just make sure you don't drop those water bottles, there's a good boy.

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Hoping to see the Aus batsmen tearing him apart "IF" he plays.....

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Where is RP singh Irfan Pathan and harbhajan singh?

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    What is so great in vinay kumar abhimanyu mithun and srikanth arvind?

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    India have wasted talents like RP Singh and Irfan pathan.They are axed for performing well for the team.Players like Pawan suyal ,Sudeep tyagi and Abu nechim ahmed are way much better than vinay kumar mithun and arvind.What is so great in vinay kumar mithun and arvind?They give runs and go wicketless

  • RajeshNaik on December 11, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    All the Best Vinay. If given a chance to play, prove your detractors wrong. Congratulations and best Wishes.

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  • RajeshNaik on December 11, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    All the Best Vinay. If given a chance to play, prove your detractors wrong. Congratulations and best Wishes.

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    India have wasted talents like RP Singh and Irfan pathan.They are axed for performing well for the team.Players like Pawan suyal ,Sudeep tyagi and Abu nechim ahmed are way much better than vinay kumar mithun and arvind.What is so great in vinay kumar mithun and arvind?They give runs and go wicketless

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    What is so great in vinay kumar abhimanyu mithun and srikanth arvind?

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Where is RP singh Irfan Pathan and harbhajan singh?

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Hoping to see the Aus batsmen tearing him apart "IF" he plays.....

  • crindo77 on December 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    To much talk !! He has made statements before in the media about him being the 'senior bowler' , which was hilarious. The people we want to do well are Umesh and Isahant. And Jaidev Unadkat and Pathan need to come back. So Vinay, thanks, but no thanks. Just because Praveen Kumar is injured, dont get ahead of urself. That's bad manners. Just make sure you don't drop those water bottles, there's a good boy.

  • FoollyFedUp on December 11, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    People who have seen you play domestic cricket, know your sincerity and talent. All the very best. Don't listen to voices that don't matter.

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    This guy, Vinay Kumar claims lot with little to back up with performance. Other day, he was telling 'I am happy for leading the bowling attack' !. Just I do not understand, he might have played few more games than Umesh , Varon or Ashwin. But, does he really think that he is better than those. Hope he will not claim so when playing along with Zaheer !. Some one should tell him that he has done hardly anything great and lucky to be on board for Australia......and as a last choice.

  • DalesGuy on December 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Medium pacers like Srinath.... What is guy talking about?

  • hm007 on December 11, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Given a chance, I am 100% sure that you will do well. Best of Luck!