England in India 2012-13

Balaji ruled out of Twenty20s against England

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 13, 2012

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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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Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by dashing_lion on (December 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

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

Posted by   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....

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

This happens only with india

Posted by InsideHedge on (December 13, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

The fact that his over hyped, utterly USELESS bowler was even in the squad, especially after his shockingly inept performances in the recent T20 WC speaks volumes of both the selectors' lack of foresight and the depressing lack of bowling depth in Indian cricket. RIP Indian Cricket, we need to inaugurate our own version of the Ashes.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 13, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@Kiran Kumar R - I'm not criticizing Vinay. He's a terrific limited-overs bowler with intelligent variations of deliveries. In fact I'm also a Bangalorean.. I'm just talking in a broader sense. The main reason why Awana would make the cut ahead of Vinay is, Awana was named in the initial squad whereas Vinay was brought in as an injury replacement. To be frank, Awana is a better fast-bowling prospect across all formats than anyone else you could possibly name in the whole country. He's been bowling some great spells over the last couple of seasons and definitely deserves a chance now.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

I think Albie Morkel should be given chance in Indian Cricket team come on he plays for Chennai Super Kings what else is required , i think in selection meeting MSD i going to ask this or he has already done ( waiting for Jimmy pa ji to answer)

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

its better for bala to retire. whenever he has been called back to team he will be injured. and any one will come and take two or three wickets and stay and balaji will once again go back to waiting list and have to wait for another one year.

Posted by 777aditya on (December 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

I wonder if selectors even bother to check the player's fitness before selecting them! Of course, Indian players are not fit in a real sense, but this has been a recurring issue of selecting half-fit players - Sandeep Patil can and should do better.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@Bruisers: It will be Vinay and Dinda. People often complain about Vinay, but some ppl get more chances than him and under perform. Ex: Ravindra Jadeja in ODI, Yuvi, Raina in test, Murali Vijay in all formats. Vinay performed very well in Australia (ODI and T20). He also did well in Emerging players tournment in NZ. Also he has over 250 wickets in first class cricket. If awana took 5 wickets for impressing selector, Vinay took 7 wickets against orissa a match before.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 13, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Good. This means Awana and Dinda will be the two pacers. Very excited to see Awana in action.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (December 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Dear Shridharan,You can not select a person two times in the same team, Awana already is in the team :) Rishi Dhwavan was the best option.Why Vinay???

Posted by PomarJagadish on (December 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@Shridharan.S-> P.Awana is already in T20 squad dude..!!

Posted by Alok505 on (December 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Rishi Dhawan of Himachal Pradesh or Samad Fallah of Maharastra should be picked ahead of Vinay Kumar ...why always these injured players are being selected.

Posted by Shridharan.S on (December 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Parwinder Awana should have replaced L Balaji.He has a good pace and nice aggression for a Fast Bowler.

Posted by Suman_Star on (December 13, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

same old story with indian cricket...whenever a real match comes the player is injured...Get well soon Bala.. :)

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