Australia v India, CB series, Brisbane February 18, 2012

Hard work and skill help Vinay bounce back

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The day David Warner got stuck into him on his Test debut, at the WACA ground, R Vinay Kumar was badly ridiculed. Some said he was as quick as Sourav Ganguly, others compared his pace to Anil Kumble. Warner felt he was one of the courses of a buffet, and dealt with him accordingly. Vinay's fourth ball in Test cricket was hit for a straight six, and another six off his bowling brought up the fastest century by an opener in Test cricket. The social media, a bit of an online pub representative of cricket fans' opinions, had found another Indian player they wanted to retire.

There is another side to Vinay, though. Inconspicuously he does his stuff in limited-overs cricket. And he also had the spirit to come back from that nightmare debut, and do well on the same tour. This is what Eric Simons, his bowling coach, has to say of him: "Vinay Kumar is one of the hardest-working cricketers I have worked with. You get guys with natural skill, you get guys who just do it through really hard work. He is one of those guys.

"He has got a lot of skill, but he has got a great work ethic, and he has embraced that really tremendously in the sense of going out and doing the work he does. He is always doing his drills. You always see him working. He wants to grow as a cricketer. He wants to improve his batting, he wants to improve his fielding. He is just getting the rewards for his hard work."

That kind of Test debut can crush many. Simons talked of how coaches can look a player in the eye and see if he is up for the next match or not. Vinay has been up for it despite that debut, he was up for it even on the second day of his debut Test. That Vinay has been bowling is reward enough, that he is the joint leading wicket-taker in the tournament after the first half of it is over, that he is taking a wicket every four overs, that he has been an exceptional outfielder are all a bonus and a big part of the reason why India sit at the top of the table.

"For me I don't think about all those things [what people say]," Vinay said on the eve of the India's fifth match in the ODI triangular. "For me, just going out there and giving my best is important. Whether you are playing for India or Karnataka. To keep it simple is really helping me. I don't think much about what they say about me. I try to give my best, be it batting, bowling or fielding."

The India cap didn't come easy for Vinay. For years he had been one of the top wicket-takers in the Ranji Trophy, only to see performers from the IPL - the newest big thing back then - overtake him. The IPL boys came and they went. His coach, LM Prakash, would tell Vinay, "See Vinay, your chance will definitely come, but the thing is, when it does come, you don't want to just play one game and come back."

Vinay has not stopped at just one game. He is not quick, he doesn't swing it like a banana, he will never be an intimidating presence, you won't notice him most of the time, but Vinay brings something the captains and coaches like. To call him just as a hard-worker will be patronising. Mules work hard too. Vinay has surely brought some skill to his limited-overs cricket. He mixes the pace up well, he is not afraid of bowling the slower-ball bouncer, and he seems a confident bowler who knows what he is doing.

"I really thank coach and bowling coach for backing me," Vinay said. "When the senior players and captain and coach have trust in you, definitely you will do well."

Vinay has high standards for himself. "Pace is coming really well now," he said. "I need to be more consistent. And definitely if I see the last four games I could have given 10 runs fewer every game. Even though I did well, there are many areas that I can really improve. "I bowled a few bad balls. When new batsmen came in, I bowled a few easy balls. They didn't go for boundaries, so if you see from outside it looks okay. For me as a bowler I know I can control all those things. Ten runs fewer I could have given."

Vinay has been impressive in this tournament, but he has yet to bowl under the pressure of having to defend runs, a scenario that has been traumatic in this tournament. The one thing about Vinay, though, is he will never rest or take things for granted. He has to fight for each day of international cricket he gets, and he will keep doing that.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • VipulPatki on February 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Kiran Kumar: I was expecting this reply from other viewers. Make no mistake, he may be hard-working but he is definitely not intelligent. Had he been so, he would have worked harder on improving his inefficient bowling action of his. His action doesn't allow him to generate more pace than his body would otherwise have allowed. What use his hard work is if every other batsman at the international level finds no trouble depositing him over the fence? Look at what he achieved today.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Looks like Mr. Monga is a little too early to write this piece. VK has been shown his true class by Dan Christian today.

  • mattishankar on February 19, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Well done Vinay. Keep proving your detractors wrong. I remember that Anil Kumble was also ridiculed like this when he made his debut in England. Even the great Kapil had talked harshly about Kumble. But nowwe know that no Indian bowler will ever come close to matching his contribution to Indian Cricket. Both of them are/were not gifted but are/were extremely committed and hardworking. But people please stop this non-sense that Kumble's Tenvic is supporting Vinay...etc...etc. Give due credit to the guy.

  • ManjunathMC on February 19, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    All the best Vinay... Use the opportunity well....

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    There are two categories of people in this forum;one-who's senses are open and their opinion is reasonable, logical and considerate. two-who are hell bent to see Vinay fail and have no regard for sincere hard-work and passion. But, the good thing is the first category is growing and that is heartening.

  • cirano on February 19, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Firstly its unfair to compare Vinay and Irfan, well Irfan had his chance , now that vinay has been given a run we need to see if he can maintain the standards , at the same time give credit to vinay where it is due , he earned it, not long ago the same forum was critical of Vinay and ga ga over other Indian bowlers who yet had t prove themselves.

  • balajik1968 on February 19, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    I am amazed to see the amount of confidence Irfan Pathan evokes. I like the guy, but he has disappointed too many times. Irfan is good enough only for 6-7 overs when the ball is new, he doesn't know to use the old ball. Also someone said that his pace may improve. What I have noticed is that it tends to drop. At 27 the man should be physically at his prime. Instead we have him bowling at the pace of a much older man, Zaheer. Dhoni mauled him once in an IPL match and Kings XI Punjab lost a match they should have won. So how good is he really?

  • Deepak_Toronto on February 19, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    I compared IRFAN,Jadeja/Vinay kr/Praveen Kr and aswin's Average,number of sixes and 4 scored,5wickets performances etc. IRFAN is very experienced and proven cricketer.His averages in batting and bowling in Test Matches is way higher than others.So IRFAN haters should stop comapring him with newbies. Irafn's ODI record is good too.i used to think Praveen kr /Jadeja/Aswin are good in ODI but Pathan is outstanding in ODI too. Sir Jadeja's strike rate is horrible.

    PLEASE STOP COMPARING IRFAN WITH NEWBIES LIKE ASWIN/VINAY/JADEJA ETC.SINCERE REQUEST TO .......IRFAN HATERS

  • on February 19, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @VipulPatki I'm ashamed to say you are an Indian who wants an Indian bowler to be thrashed common dude be sensible and support people who work hard unlike you sit at home and just blabber something

  • SpeedCricketThrills on February 19, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Pity the guys who are taking a dig at Vinay despite his performance and this article. How does it matter what his pace is, so long as it is effective enough to take wickets - of the right players, at the right time! Watch this IPL and see how even Sachin will be a bunny to the guile and disguised, deceptive pace of Vinay.

    Vinay baiters, get a life! You can't stop a committed cricketer whose passion for the game is greater than the riches the game will be giving to himt!

  • VipulPatki on February 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Kiran Kumar: I was expecting this reply from other viewers. Make no mistake, he may be hard-working but he is definitely not intelligent. Had he been so, he would have worked harder on improving his inefficient bowling action of his. His action doesn't allow him to generate more pace than his body would otherwise have allowed. What use his hard work is if every other batsman at the international level finds no trouble depositing him over the fence? Look at what he achieved today.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Looks like Mr. Monga is a little too early to write this piece. VK has been shown his true class by Dan Christian today.

  • mattishankar on February 19, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Well done Vinay. Keep proving your detractors wrong. I remember that Anil Kumble was also ridiculed like this when he made his debut in England. Even the great Kapil had talked harshly about Kumble. But nowwe know that no Indian bowler will ever come close to matching his contribution to Indian Cricket. Both of them are/were not gifted but are/were extremely committed and hardworking. But people please stop this non-sense that Kumble's Tenvic is supporting Vinay...etc...etc. Give due credit to the guy.

  • ManjunathMC on February 19, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    All the best Vinay... Use the opportunity well....

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    There are two categories of people in this forum;one-who's senses are open and their opinion is reasonable, logical and considerate. two-who are hell bent to see Vinay fail and have no regard for sincere hard-work and passion. But, the good thing is the first category is growing and that is heartening.

  • cirano on February 19, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Firstly its unfair to compare Vinay and Irfan, well Irfan had his chance , now that vinay has been given a run we need to see if he can maintain the standards , at the same time give credit to vinay where it is due , he earned it, not long ago the same forum was critical of Vinay and ga ga over other Indian bowlers who yet had t prove themselves.

  • balajik1968 on February 19, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    I am amazed to see the amount of confidence Irfan Pathan evokes. I like the guy, but he has disappointed too many times. Irfan is good enough only for 6-7 overs when the ball is new, he doesn't know to use the old ball. Also someone said that his pace may improve. What I have noticed is that it tends to drop. At 27 the man should be physically at his prime. Instead we have him bowling at the pace of a much older man, Zaheer. Dhoni mauled him once in an IPL match and Kings XI Punjab lost a match they should have won. So how good is he really?

  • Deepak_Toronto on February 19, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    I compared IRFAN,Jadeja/Vinay kr/Praveen Kr and aswin's Average,number of sixes and 4 scored,5wickets performances etc. IRFAN is very experienced and proven cricketer.His averages in batting and bowling in Test Matches is way higher than others.So IRFAN haters should stop comapring him with newbies. Irafn's ODI record is good too.i used to think Praveen kr /Jadeja/Aswin are good in ODI but Pathan is outstanding in ODI too. Sir Jadeja's strike rate is horrible.

    PLEASE STOP COMPARING IRFAN WITH NEWBIES LIKE ASWIN/VINAY/JADEJA ETC.SINCERE REQUEST TO .......IRFAN HATERS

  • on February 19, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @VipulPatki I'm ashamed to say you are an Indian who wants an Indian bowler to be thrashed common dude be sensible and support people who work hard unlike you sit at home and just blabber something

  • SpeedCricketThrills on February 19, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Pity the guys who are taking a dig at Vinay despite his performance and this article. How does it matter what his pace is, so long as it is effective enough to take wickets - of the right players, at the right time! Watch this IPL and see how even Sachin will be a bunny to the guile and disguised, deceptive pace of Vinay.

    Vinay baiters, get a life! You can't stop a committed cricketer whose passion for the game is greater than the riches the game will be giving to himt!

  • spinkingKK on February 18, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I liked the last lines in the article: "The one thing about Vinay, though, is he will never rest or take things for granted. He has to fight for each day of international cricket he gets, and he will keep doing that". This is what every Indian cricketers should have. If they have been made to not take things for granted, they will perform. The problem is, once they settled into the team as a permanent fixture, they will start looking ordinary. I fear that about Kohli now. Has he already proved that he is good in all the conditions? Now, all those bad and loose shots are creeping up. I was a very much against Vinay Kumar. However, seeing what he is doing, I admire him. He is the fastest Indian bowler when Yadav not around. Even in Perth test, when he batted, he showed that he is a good thinker. When there was an umbrella field used against him, he smacked a four to make Michael Clarke to spread the field. I think Vinay is the bowling version of Dravid. He just loves cricket.

  • on February 18, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Ishant/Irfan/Munaf/Umesh can prove to be a deadly combination.

  • nyc_missile on February 18, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Nice article!Never put down a man who is hard-working and passionate, which we didn't find it in either Munaf Patel or Praveen Kumar though a bit more skilled than Vinay.There should be no place for lousiness and arrogance.At least his selection proves that if you are WILLING to put in efforts and treat every match as your last,you will get an opportunity to prove yourself.Also as someone pointed out,VK has to be the best fielder among the seamers we have got recently and probably the fittest apart from Irfan.Although like several people,I too mocked him initially now I will concede that if he continues to improve on both pace&swing,he would be a permanent fixture in ODIs.Attitude/motivation was/is never a problem with him.I feel disgusted that Dhoni has side-lined and cold-shouldered Irfan Pathan for so long now.Had he been given same no of matches as that of Vinay,Irfan would have been a finished article as many of us had hoped for..Shame on Dhoni for pathetic double-standards!

  • on February 18, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    THEREFORE HE IS GOING TO FAIL AGAIN

  • aRRCeeBee on February 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Vinay is much improved bowler now. His fielding is good too. People talk about this pace, he is touching 135 - 140 kmh which was always average pace for Indian fast bowler. He should not take this opportunity lightly and has to work hard to ensure his place in the side. All the best , Vinay !.

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is certainly a better one-day bowler than Sreesanth,RP Singh and Ishant. On the current form he is as good as a player as Irfan Pathan. Moreover, he has been performing consistently in one-dayers. He bowls within power plays and the end overs as well. Dhoni trusts him to deliver. He has improved his fielding tremendously and a better fielder than any current fast bowlers.

  • wolf777 on February 18, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    At his pace to be part of the team he needs to posses some batting talent like Angelo Mathew. An allrounder who can bowl at Vinay Kumar's pace is an asset for the team. A pure bowling play like Vinay Kumar is a clear liability to the team. Seeing Vinay Kumar as a new ball bowler for India neither impresses the opposition nor us fans.

  • Zehere on February 18, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Zaheer should play instands of irfan &irfan in place JadJa play in the team.coz irfan is not bowling like his early stages but he can play better than JadJa. & stop saying that irfan could destroy oppenent with his bowling now because he is similar to rohit sharma who has more natural talent but not know how to use that talent that's why they doesn't settle till today when our team lacking specialist all rounder.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Credit to Vinay Kumar, he is someone who seems to get the most out of what he has available to him. I'm not sure he should, or ever will, be a regular member of the India Test side, but he has achieved very good results in ODIs. Many India fans were ridiculing him when India were playing England but, particularly in India, he was one of the most successful bowlers. Not that the England batsmen put up much of a fight in India but still... That he is doing it again in Australia is testament to his hard work. I guess this ODI series has turned the tables between Vinay and Warner, who is struggling to have an impact. Again, it shows the difference between Test cricket and ODI cricket. The very best players will do well in both but success or failure in one doesn't necessarily guarantee a similar result in the other.

  • VipulPatki on February 18, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Indian youngsters watching cricket will grow up idolizing a wrong sort of bowler. Can he be even called a fast bowler? Even as an Indian, I hope he gets thrashed by a Bangladeshi batsman for seven sixes in an over sometime soon.

  • yusuf97 on February 18, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    dude...irfan has got something that vinay do'nt the"swing".irfan can bat much better than vinay .vinay is a good bowler but he is still learning.irfan has been playing cricket for a long time and has more experience

  • Sano27 on February 18, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Good to see the hardworking lad finally got some good comments......his hardworking is finally paid back....even if he had not that much talent of Sreesanth,Yadav,, he is a handy bowler...no doubt! & good job by MSD to keep him playing in all shorter format matches....

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Let Irfan and Vinay both be in the team.. Vinay kumar is a hardworking bowler. He bowls in the right areas and waits for batsmen to commit mistake. Irfan can make a fine allrounder if team management keep faith in him

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Vinay might not be glamorous cricketer, but he is in Indian team only because of his Ranji performances. He is utilizing his opportunities very well.

    He keeps it simple and he can swing the ball both ways. He is already bowling at 140 kmph and is good enough.

    From the kind of humble background he has come up (I have heard his father was an auto driver in a Davangere ,Karnataka), whole of Karnataka wants him to perform well.

    Go Vinay Go !

  • street_smart on February 18, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Dinda should be in instead of patha.. Dinda is the highest wicket taker this year's domestic season

  • Vishal_07 on February 18, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Good to see Vinay performing well in the ODIs but he is not Test material (Mr. Monga probably did not ready articly by Mr. Bhogle the other day), which is okay. As long as he performs in the format he is asked to play in, no complaints. Keep it up Vinay.

  • SamRoy on February 18, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Well Irfan is a better all round cricketer compared to Vinay (though no longer a better bowler). The thing is there are better bowlers in the country who are not getting a chance because of Vinay and Ishant (in tests). Abu Nechim, for sure, is miles better than him. Dinda may be better as well (at least on current form).

  • Natx on February 18, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Vinay and Praveen are good one day bowlers. Vinay also does something in Twenty20's which Praveen needs to work on. But both these guys are not test materials. Praveen sustained in WI and England due to favorable weather. I'm not sure if he is capable of bowling for 2 days in places like Perth, Adelaide or Chennai. He will probably need trips to play the 3rd day. India need bowlers like Yadav who can stay in the park and run in hard all day to be able to play test matches. Ishant is good in that aspect as well to run in all day but he must learn the importance of line and "length" bowling at different parts of world. I don't think anyone at this point is half in stamina to the great Kapil Dev. Test matches need those kinda guys who keep running all day with the same mental strength, skill level, and patience to set up and get the batsmen. That's the difference between Aus and rest. Zak is the last man standing for Ind. Umesh & Ishant show potential but have a long way to go.

  • on February 18, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Even i was never a fan of Vinay, but he's started gaining my respect. At least he could be a very handy bowler in the limited overs format for India. A hardworking cricketer who may never get his due because he is not as glamorous as the supposed superstars of the Indian cricket like Raina and Rohit. Keep it up Vinay!

  • AvidCricFan on February 18, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Its good to see Vinay improve drammatically in this series. In the test series, his speed was around 130 kmph. Now he is bowling at 136-138 kmph with good line and length. Irfan Pathan was not bad either considering that he is coming back from injury after a long gap. If he is bowling around 132kmph, he will definitely get to 135 kmph in coming games. He had much better variety and is a better batsman, a allrounder that India badly needs.

  • thinktank1 on February 18, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Let him be in the team as long as he performs. What's the fuss.. he is a very good death bolwer.. and Irfan Pathan fans take a break. His speed is in mid 120's. In good batting conditions, he is an average bowler.. atleast Vinay has some pace to work with and he is zippy too.

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Hi guys, please stop comparing vinay with pathan. Please support vinay, who is now emerging as one of the important bowler for one day cricket. When he shared the new ball with Zaheer khan, he was able to take wickets and he is the main wicket taker for India in the current series. Please support an young star. Don't descrimenate that he is from Karnataka. I think, if he would have been from Chennai, this comments on vinay would not have seen.

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    i was really happly surprised to see vinay bowling 140kmph in the cb series....i also remember him bowling the slinging ball in ipl....hope he can do well

  • RRnair12 on February 18, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    As somebody said the best performers in domestic cricket should be given the chance to play internationals,if not then why are we conducting these tournaments.And what has Pathan done in recent times to sugest he is the one and only answer to India's problems.I'm interested to know his stats in domestic cricket over the last season or two as in Ipl he hasn't pulled any trees and if he has done well I have no shame in accepting that as it will all bode well for Indian cricket

  • Bhinder.Thind on February 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    its funny How people holding Kumar on shoulders with Big Words What if he gets Thrashing Tomorrow, Same people gonna Curse him to hell !! Oh Gawd, Life is funny and people are even Funnier ! Just accept that Vinay Is not World Class material !! Peace

  • jnanesh41 on February 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    dear irfan pathan fans : vinay is a very good limited overs bowler....atleast now stop criticising him.... pathan has lost his charm....encourage youngsters

  • nzcricket174 on February 18, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Irfan has had plenty of chances, look at how many games he has played compared to Vinay. Irfan was a one-hit wonder and is a shadow of a shadow of his former self.

  • geocric on February 18, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Vinay can be a hard worker, but there are better cricketers than him, who are not promoted by tenvic and backed by Kumble, he is reaping the benefits of having contacts in the right places

  • ca.ganeshd on February 18, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    All die hard Irfan fans should understand that he has already got more chances than Vinay whereas Vinay is getting his dues just now.. Irfan was dropped from team only after his failure at international level. At max, considering his current Ranji season form, Irfan is on par with Vinay as a bowler. But Vinay is min 10-15km faster than Irfan. If Irfan can swingl at 140's like he use to do in early stages of his career, yes, he is better pick. And...we already have a better alrounder in Jadeja now!!!

  • electro on February 18, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    but he is pathetically slow and to all those who are complaning about Irfan not getting as many matches....well who are you kidding, really?

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    vinay kumara as bowled well. instead of criticizing encourage him.

  • musicnavin on February 18, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I dont know whats the problem between Dhoni & Pathan. Give chance for Pathan against Australia, he can swing & trouble a lot oz's top order.

  • raj_12345 on February 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Very nicely written article !!

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Most of them are correct!! Irfan is a Natural,the lack of pace in him wont be an issue when he gets his confidence back.Hope he would play ahead of Vinay or Praveen at least if not Jadeja :|.India is losing these days more often,thanks to bad selection rather than Poor playing on the Field.

  • lakshmancricwhiz on February 18, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    and i appreciate all who spoke in favour of him...coz he has made it to the team after many years due to hard work and effort unlike a few who hav made it solely due to their ipl performances

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Felt sorry for him after all the media people n people who commented here so badly n cheaply after the Warner show at that test. Now he has come back so hardly n feels like he is completely different person, bowling in 140s which surprised every one including the TV commentators who also felt sorry in that test match. Amazing dedication and comeback by this man which is rare to see anyone comeback so strongly especially after a debut like that with that kind of a pace.

  • RRnair12 on February 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    he is a very good limited overs bowler and based on his recent performances he merits his place in the side and to add one more thing he wouldn't be able to have similar impact on the longer versions of the game in my mind.So play him when on form in the one day format .

  • rustyryan on February 18, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Any day Irfan is a better bowler and batsman than Vinay. Vinay is just occupyin the place because of Kumble and the politics at top level. Give Irfan these many chances, and you wud get a fine all rounder. Vinay is even worse than any local club players.

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Amazing improvement. When He was selected for the Aussie tour ahead of Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan who had a wonderful run of bowling form.. even after the dismal performance in the Perth test, the team management have stuck on to retain him in the playing 11 and in all the one day games! He can certainly represent India as a top choice in the limited overs!

  • gestapo on February 18, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    he may be a hardworking cricketer, but you need talent,that special talent to excel at the international level and he does not have that,,if you have 11 players in the side, all the 11 have to be match winners,,he is not.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    frm past 2 odis and 2 t20's vinay has exposed david warner completely !! warner is just a fluke one in 10 matches then goes in to a shell .warner is the most overhyped batsman frm aus presently too much news abt him and he hardly delivers even in tests barring an onslaught in perth he hardly made any presence there .

    cowan,peter forrest and matthew wade luk wayy wayy consistent than warner .travis birt,aaron finch and aiden blizzard deserve equal oppurtunities how many warner has got and i guess they hit the ball better thn warner and may be more consistent.

    i am not an fan of vinay but after tht perth test we saw a new vinay kumar fully rejuvenated !! his pace has increased frm 125+ to 135 or 138 kph .he is bowling wayy better in odis

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Brilliant article. If hard working people don't succeed, nobody should. I see him consistent in Test Cricket for at least 5 years. He's taken those Ranji wickets on dead tracks, he has the skill too.

  • TonOfTons on February 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Vinay is what he is. A good one day and T20 bowler because he bowls a good line and length and has good variations. In this day and age, he is just not suited for Test Cricket with his pace or lack there of. Hope the selectors recognize this and give him adequate chances in ODI and T20.

  • analyseabhishek on February 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is a better bowler than he looks- the way he fought back after the mauling in the Perth test and the resulting ridicule is really commendable. The knack of raising one's performance when the chips are down is very valuable.

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Well to say we have good batsmen bowlers and feilders.It is just that they are not in form

  • zuber21886 on February 18, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Irfan given this many chances right now would have done wonders

  • akhil.pandya on February 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Vinay Kumar has been improving game by game.He should not be rested in any upcoming games to continue his rhythm.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    awesome,,his work ethic n commitment is incredible

  • Bhinder.Thind on February 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Couple of Okay Performances and such a halla lulla? I reckon Test Cricket is real test of Cricketer whether Batsman or Bowler !! In shorter version of Time, You bowl bad balls, Batsmen go for it and That;s It, You get 1 .. Though, Vinay is a hard Working guy and He has Improved a bit but he is not really a International Class material!! he can Fox batsmen Like Mcgrath ? Answer NO, he Swings ball massively? Answer NO, he can hit the deck hard? Answer NO, Speed? No !! Success at Longer term period? Answer NO !!

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    he very impressive opening the bowling ,with his slow pace.... & made batsmen struggle to get away with him...........

  • Naresh28 on February 18, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Indian bowlers have poor stamina in test matches they get mauled if they do not take early wickets. Apart from Yadav I dont see any good bowlers. Indias biggest enigma in tests is lack of pace quality. Coupled with poor feilding it is just making the test team even more mediocre. This then eats on our quality batsman minds. Indian team suffers for days in the field bowling/fielding before they get to bat. Also if one notices MSD keeps losing the toss in tests.

  • yoohoo on February 18, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Vinay is probably the only cricketer in this Team that has earned his spot, the hard way by performing in Ranji. If we deny Vinay opputunities, we might as well close down the indian domestic cricket, and only have IPL.

    Time and again many bowlers have proved that there is a place for pace, and there is a place for skill without pace. As long as he performs and gets the wickets, there is no reason why anybody should complain.

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  • yoohoo on February 18, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Vinay is probably the only cricketer in this Team that has earned his spot, the hard way by performing in Ranji. If we deny Vinay opputunities, we might as well close down the indian domestic cricket, and only have IPL.

    Time and again many bowlers have proved that there is a place for pace, and there is a place for skill without pace. As long as he performs and gets the wickets, there is no reason why anybody should complain.

  • Naresh28 on February 18, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Indian bowlers have poor stamina in test matches they get mauled if they do not take early wickets. Apart from Yadav I dont see any good bowlers. Indias biggest enigma in tests is lack of pace quality. Coupled with poor feilding it is just making the test team even more mediocre. This then eats on our quality batsman minds. Indian team suffers for days in the field bowling/fielding before they get to bat. Also if one notices MSD keeps losing the toss in tests.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    he very impressive opening the bowling ,with his slow pace.... & made batsmen struggle to get away with him...........

  • Bhinder.Thind on February 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Couple of Okay Performances and such a halla lulla? I reckon Test Cricket is real test of Cricketer whether Batsman or Bowler !! In shorter version of Time, You bowl bad balls, Batsmen go for it and That;s It, You get 1 .. Though, Vinay is a hard Working guy and He has Improved a bit but he is not really a International Class material!! he can Fox batsmen Like Mcgrath ? Answer NO, he Swings ball massively? Answer NO, he can hit the deck hard? Answer NO, Speed? No !! Success at Longer term period? Answer NO !!

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    awesome,,his work ethic n commitment is incredible

  • akhil.pandya on February 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Vinay Kumar has been improving game by game.He should not be rested in any upcoming games to continue his rhythm.

  • zuber21886 on February 18, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Irfan given this many chances right now would have done wonders

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Well to say we have good batsmen bowlers and feilders.It is just that they are not in form

  • analyseabhishek on February 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is a better bowler than he looks- the way he fought back after the mauling in the Perth test and the resulting ridicule is really commendable. The knack of raising one's performance when the chips are down is very valuable.

  • TonOfTons on February 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Vinay is what he is. A good one day and T20 bowler because he bowls a good line and length and has good variations. In this day and age, he is just not suited for Test Cricket with his pace or lack there of. Hope the selectors recognize this and give him adequate chances in ODI and T20.