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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  • Hira 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 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!.

  • Clinto 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.

  • hayden 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.

  • Srinivas 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.

  • Naveen 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.

  • Naresh 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

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