England in India 2012-13 December 13, 2012

Balaji ruled out of Twenty20s against England

ESPNcricinfo staff

India seamer L Balaji has been ruled out of the Twenty20 squad against England due to a stress injury to his right big toe, the BCCI has said. Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka seamer, will replace him.

Vinay has played eight Twenty20s internationals, and made his last international appearance against South Africa in Johannesburg in March this year. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, he has taken 17 wickets in four matches at an average of 20.58.

India play England in two Twenty20s later this month before a five-match ODI series.

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  • dummy4fb on December 15, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    It is not the bowling. It is the pitches that are placid. Fast Bowlers have to put that extra effort. You need a special training programme for Fast bowlers like Cross Fitting that trains people to be agile, strong, flexible with strenghtened core and the pitches need to have more bounce and light green for the bowlers to succeed. This will help the spinners as well since there is more bounce

  • PerfectTen on December 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Man to Man, Vinay is a better bet than Balaji who is neither smart nor spirited. Having said that, there certainly are better options like Awana & Stuart Binny who can be really handy with the bat also. Praveen Kumar cannot be a good choice on Indian wickets where the ball hardly swings and he can be taken to cleaners by Bangladesh and Afghanistan also. Munaf is a gone case both mentally and physically. Long ropes have been given to him and RP Singh.

  • dummy4fb on December 14, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    what a poor selection, I can't see any improvement here. Why are we lagging behind in our bowling department????At the moment we are not good in batting, bowling and fielding. Even we are performing like underdogs in our own country. Where is munaf patel, pankaj singh and abhimanyu mithun atleast give them a chance otherwise we will deteriorate. Selectors must think out of the box we don't need big guns, in fact we need performers, I mean consistent performers.

  • Sam_Sinister on December 14, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Vinay Kumar!! what happened to Praveen kumar and Pankaj Singh ?

    Looks they do not have enough connections in BCCI.

  • dummy4fb on December 14, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Guys I see some names here.... Irfan, Sreesanth, RP singh, Munaf Patel, Nehra all are injured.. Fitness issues.. Yes.. It happens only in India.. We should agree that we are not naturally born athletes.. Bowlers have to put so much of effort and especially our conditions (both pitch n weather doesnt help them) Others injured are Unmesh Yadav, Varun Aaron..

  • dashing_lion on December 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Right !!!! worst selection....Where is Irfan Pathan...he is performing well with bat and ball...

  • dummy4fb on December 14, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    why selectors dropped irfan pathan...he is best player bowl and bad...he is best player compare with vinay....

  • dummy4fb on December 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    worst selection vinay kumar.... praveen kumar best choice

  • joseyesu on December 14, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Some players are more prone to injuries and you can include him. I wonder what happened to Sreesanth, RP singh, Munaf Patel, Nehra.

  • dummy4fb on December 13, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    This happens only with india

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