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Injured Kulkarni out of WI ODIs, Vinay called up

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November 14, 2013

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Dhawal Kulkarni in his delivery stride, India A v New Zealand A, first unofficial ODI, Visakhapatnam, September 8, 2013
Two days after he earned a maiden, national limited-overs call-up, Dhawal Kulkarni has been ruled out © BCCI
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Dhawal Kulkarni, the Mumbai fast bowler, has been ruled out of the ODI series against West Indies after suffering a foot injury. He will be replaced by Vinay Kumar.

Kulkarni experienced pain in his toe last evening and was taken for a scan, following which he was ruled out of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy game against Delhi, which started today.

The Mumbai bowler had earned his maiden national, limited-overs call-up after being named in the 15-member squad on Tuesday.

Vinay Kumar had been dropped from the ODI squad against West Indies after his poor showing in the limited-overs series against Australia recently.

Although Vinay finished with eight wickets in the series, he conceded 345 runs in five games at an average of 41.87, including figures of 102 for 1 in nine overs during the final ODI in Bangalore.

The first ODI between India and West Indies will be played in Kochi on November 21, while the remaining two ODIs will be played in Visakhapatnam and Kanpur on November 24 and 27, respectively.

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Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

vinay is second most wicket(8) taker against aus ...that series nightmare for bowlers ...not only for indian bowlers ...for aussie bowlers as well......i thnk he deserve the last chance to proove himself.....lets see how it goes.....bad luck dhawal....

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Zaheer? after strong showing in ranji games and being fit enough to play in 4 day format, why isnt he picked? sure team needs youngsters but it also needs experience in the bowling department! Zaheer being fit is an asset to the team and a million times better bowler than ishant and vinay can ever hope to be!

Posted by kdevil3 on (November 18, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Where is our bowling shear Head santosh pandit sorry Ishanth sharma...y he is not picked

Posted by vechoorsubu on (November 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Good move, even if you gave 20 runs per over you will be selected to Indian cricket team, Well-done selectors.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Its like banging your head on the wall …a completely futile exercise. Its not fair to say India does not have pace bowling options of you dont try the options in Rahul Shukla, Ishwar Pandey, Rajput and poor Jaydev Unadkat who lost his place even after bowling reasonably well. Ishant Sharma however poor his form as certain talent , however the same thing can be said about him.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

@Biju - I am not sure if Rishi Dhawan is ready for Intl. Cricket as yet - we need to test him against better batting line-ups in India OR see at least another good IPL season before we ask him to play for India. ...Another thing - Not from Mumbai cannot be a justification to keep him out to accomodate Vinay, Vinay is not from Mumbai either. ...Yes Vinay is probably the wrong decision, but the core options left are - Varun Aaron...consistently unfit. Zaheer Khan...Just returning from an injury, I would prefer to use him in SA. Umesh Yadav...Same as Zaheer. Ashok Dinda...Not much to choose between Dinda & Vinay. Irfan - is he fit ? Not even playing Ranji. Also - I would not worry too much about who comes into that slot, anyway - not very likely to play.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Horrible decision!! After the last one day series, Ishant and Vinay need a long break - Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Mohit Sharma are all much better options

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Wow! What a great decision...The centurion Vinay Kumar has back(102 Runs in 9 overs)...Umesh & Aaron can replace Kulkarni....Why Vinay Kumar???Such a disgusting decision by the selectors....It's a request plz don't allow Vinay Kumar to play in the fields...From u'e 15 my choice are Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Rayudu,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvenshwar Kumar,Mohit,Shami. :P

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Why selectors cannot select Rishi Dhawan (What he need to prove more), he batting well and also bowling well. He is not from Mumbai; may be that's why? Very poor decision.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Wow this guy like a bad coin keeps coming back...

Posted by RajeshNaik on (November 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I feel sad for Dhawal Kulkarni. When he was selected last time about 4-5 years ago, he was not given a long run and was dropped. Now, after creditable performances he wins a selection to Indian team only to lose out in the worst possible manner. Hope he keeps his spirits up and wins back his position. As far as Vinay is concerned, even though he is my favorite player, I think he is just lucky this time. But, I doubt him getting a chance to play in the XI. After his showing in the Australia series and the disappointing show in the first Ranji match this season it is nothing but a God sent chance for him. If he gets a chance to play then that might be his last chance. On the hindsight, those who criticise him better note the fact that he is yet to lose a match for India. And also, twice in the past he lost his place in the team after getting selected, due to injury. Now he replaced an injured player. It is a case of what goes comes back for Vinay.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Instead of vinay ,selectors shoulg give chance to parwinder awana or sanddep sharma who is oly 20 and has a good List A record also.. Vinay had his chances.. Try for a newer one insted of the failed product(vinay kumar)...

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Zak should have come to the squad . Sandeep Patil did not see the mumbai vs haryana match in which zak took 2

Posted by ketaann on (November 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

this is the the wrong choice. Zaheer n irfan should get chance in place of ishant n vk. But they are seniors to msd n he wants no senior in the side.

Posted by sanh on (November 15, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

That's as poor a decision as possible... why not go for Ishwar Pandey or some other young bowler?

Posted by dosslin on (November 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Oh God! not VK again, he will showever WI with runs. Whats the point in taking wickets when he gives 70-80 runs in 10 overs and the score leaps to 350. Its time to bring back Zaheer.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

@Chetan Asher on (November 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT) Couldn't agree with you more but at the same time couldn't stop laughing at your analagy of 12 v/s 10 and 11 v/s 10. Well said...

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

The way VK & Ishant have been forcing runs on the Aussies (note forcing, not leaking) I would say - India should play 10 men if the 11th is a choice between VK / Ishant. These 2 guys have made matches virtually 12 Vs 10. By not playing them, at least we'll be 11 Vs 10.....and we will have the excuse of 1 player less if we lose.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Why not Irfan Pathan? He will definitely not fare worse than Vinay Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Plus he is more than handy with the bat.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Why Vinay again? Its BCCI just keep rotating a bunch of players ...while other continue to wait for their chance ..Why cant they look at Rishi Dhawan who has very good all round record at first class level?

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

@ binu.emiliya. It is his First Test. But it is not CB Series. After that test CB Sereis started. See How he is bowled aussies especially Warner, by whom he get hammered in Test.

Posted by dirtydozen on (November 14, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

should have selected someone like awanna, kaul, gony,pankaj singh,ishwar pandey,imtiaz ahmad, aravind or someone from kerala as well instead of vinay kumar

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Vinay is Wicket taking bowler. Are you aware this in last series he is played one less match and Second highest wicket taker. One off day in Bangalore, but he claimed important wicket of Maxwell. Think if Mohit played instead of Vinay in that match. Please think how Virat and Chris Gayle hamered Mohith on the IPL match in Bangalore. For many Mohith's fans, Vinay may not get to play any oneday against WI. Buvi, Shami and Mohith will get chance in XI. Vinay has not having fast bowler physic. But he is intelligent in his own style. Except Mitch, Aussies bowler also hamered in that series and having better physic than Vinay, and more faster than Vinay. But Vinay bowled well in Aussies condition better than Aussies bowler in CB Series last year.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

poor guy missed once in a life opportunity. India will go with shami bhuvi & mohit/unadkat in the first game. But i can assure you that vinay kumar will play at least 1 or 2 games.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (November 14, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@Dylan DPC , What about Perth friend ? Check is bowling analysis in the Perth Test

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 14, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

So, does this mean, if Shami or Bhuvi get injured then we will see Ishant in the team? Ridiculous!

Posted by Night.angel on (November 14, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Why not Rishi Dhawan? India's best alrounder? or Pankaj Singh?

Enough of this military medium pacers . Unadkat, Vinay, Midun, Kulkarni, praveen , munaf, the list goes on. Indians don't have any logic. These are not internationals////

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Vinay Kumar just had a few off-games that too in batting-friendly conditions. The way people are talking about him as if he has conceded that many runs in seam-friendly conditions.

Problem with RVK is that sometimes he doesn't bowl intelligently.. he will bowl in the same area even if the batsman has just hit him for 6. He just needs to be better especially in final overs.

He is hardly much in the team to compare stats, but he took 9 wickets in 6 matches in CB series with economy rate of 5.25. I know its too far to compare with, but he still has the potential

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

What is Vinay Kumar doing to get selected after so many dismal performances, neither he has pace nor control nor variations of any note. Is it because he has MSD's support?

Posted by SSGupta on (November 14, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Oh No! not again. Any one out of Umesh Yadav/ Ishwar Pandey/ Srinath Arvind should have been selected. Even a spinner could have been a good option for home series.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Well Vinay Kumar is so damn lucky that he might play in the SA test series. If he plays I bet both Amla and ABD will try to break Lara's record of 400. Vinay definitely will break all bowling records (for runs conceded). He is that GREAT.

Posted by SridharKalyan on (November 14, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

There is no logic in this; if Vinay was not good enough the first time around, why is he in now? KCA votes? I think the BCCI needs to relook at the selection policy completely, especially since it does not seem to be based on any performance parameters!! I would expected an Aaron recall.

Posted by ramli on (November 14, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

UY and MS are already in the team ... VK is damn lucky, no doubt ... for getting dropped and picked later ... may be VK is the only one with some experience in internationals among pacers ... that could be the only reason for his re-selection ... well, he has had his days in the past ... let us hope for the best from him

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Pankaj Singh - 135-140k bowler Superb Record in First Class bowl avg of 26; Pawan Suyal - left armer 137-142k nippy fast bowler avg of 26; Rahul Shukla - 140-145k plays for RR genuine pacer; Ishwar Pandey - 130-135k bowler, was highest wicket taker in last season, got 11 wkts i first match this season, performed on A tours; Varun Aaron - Well!!!!, we all know about him and his capabilities, a better and controlled version of Umesh Yadav; Rishi Dhawan - 130-135kph, a rare medium pace bowling allrounder, can be termed as a genuine allrounder, star peformer for HP team...

we have this bunch of guys performing in FC cricket apart from Umesh Yadav/Zaheer Khan...and selectors picked Vinay Kumar????...

Posted by rock_kamran on (November 14, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Where is zaheer khan? Is vinay kumar better than zaheer or there is shortage of pace bowlers in india?

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Good Highest wicket taker for india in recently concluded series.... deserves another go

Posted by Hiba.R on (November 14, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Why Vinay Kumar ??? is he the only bowling option left in India....Zaheer or Umesh could have been tried. Or if Irfan Pathan is available then he would have been a better option. For we need to rest players like Ishant and Vinay Kumar who lacks the ability to learn from their mistakes and improve. But hats off to selectors for giving Vinay Kumar yet another chance to fail.

Posted by loke_cricfan on (November 14, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Shewag, Gautam, & Zaheer who performed well in the past for India had been dropped, we accept this. But why the selectors keep on selecting Vinay Kumar and Ishant for the team despite having very very very poor ordinary performance, this we cannot accept. It is very hard for us to digest being a very true fan of Indian.

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (November 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

What is wrong with selectors, there is better bowlers than Vinay, why we are wasting chances to develop good players.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Why its always against Vinay..he was the highest wicket taker in Australia series..every bowler got hit in that series...with the condition suitable he is the best limited overs bowler

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

I feel bad when he is compared to V Prasad. Venky can bowl leg cutter, out swing, inswing . I ll be happy even ig he can bowl 50 percent of V Prasad.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Why not Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan? Vinay Kumar has got so many chances, he can always make a comeback, let him play domestic cricket!

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Indian selectors will never improve. Salute for bringing back Vinay Kumar.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

You get dropped for poor performance and you get called up for cover ? its absolutely disgraceful that Ishwar or a Sandeep Sharma or even the forgotten Irfan Pathan werent called up ?. BCCI and Selectors again show how nonsensical they can be.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Unlucky Dhawal Kulkarni. Don't we any any better bowling options than selecting Vinay Kumar again n again. What about Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Rishi Dhawan.

Posted by hayer on (November 14, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Oh god, How lucky Vinay is! Whats wrong with selectors? Why not Ishvar Pandey, Umesh, Sid Kaul or Sandeep Sharma? On the bases of recent performance, Vinay can't even earn a call in Bangladesh side. Naver seen him taking wicket on wicket taking delivery, even Irfan pathan is 100 times better than this fellow, moreover he can cover everything with his batting skills.

Posted by Shaubhik1 on (November 14, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Inspite of poor performance vinay again selectd :o dinda wld consider hmself unlucky

Ishwar Pandey shld hv bn pickd

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

You should believe in destiny. The case of Vinay Kumar is the best example.

Posted by MaheshLoya on (November 14, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

why not umesh / Irfan pathan

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

this time vinay is going to create world record by cncding most runs by a bowler. what is wrong with the selectors???where is umesh???he is far more better then vinay kumar..

Posted by Brahmayya on (November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

why vinay kumar is called , why can't give chance to some other one

Posted by venky_cricky on (November 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Considering the facts that new comers are performing wel (Shami,Mohit Sharma)l, it is worth giving chances to the likes of Ishwar pandey,Rishi Dhawan. Enough chances given to vinay and he has always failed

Posted by Mayank_Saxena1286 on (November 14, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Bad Luck for Dhawal Kulkarni & Again Vinay Kumar, why the selector giving the chance again n again to vinay kumar when he is not performing well, why not giving chance to Zaheer khan & other bowlers like Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Umesh yadav, this is not a good replacement by selectors.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

people talk about chances !!?? lucky are players from one state who always keep getting chances !! poor vinay ... he get to bowl only at death overs !! and never gets the new ball !! people who get whacked 30 runs a over can get grade B contracts too !! he deserves a chance !!

Posted by satzzz on (November 14, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Same happened for Irfan last year in Sri Lanka. Irfan was by far the best bowler for us then. Hopefully luck follows Vinay this time.

Posted by libranavi2009 on (November 14, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

I can't understand a logic of including Vinay Kumar. It is OK that Dhawal got injured.. but squad of 15 players in a domestic series is too much. There are already 4 medium pacers in the squad.Since it is a domestic series, we can call any player if someone get injured in day or two before. If Vinay Kumar plays then what signal it will send to Mohit Sharma and Jaydev Unadkt, and other medium pace bowlers.

Posted by PSJohal on (November 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

I really do not understand why the BCCI continue to invest their time in Vinay Kumar. One of the most ineffective bowlers I've seen of late, people say he has great control of line-and-length but from what I've seen controlling his length seems to be his weakness. He has no pace, movement- yes but not effective enough. A sub-standard bowler which hinders he bowling attack of India, which needs to be much more economical in 50-over format. And selecting Vinay Kumar in a act of blind faith by the selectors, surely won't help India in doing so.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

rishi dawan should be included as record speech for himself

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I don't know y Vinay is getting chances again and again. He never proved to be best bowler. So many young guns r waiting for their turn. Give chance to new blood. We have best batting line up. We are always facing in bowling department.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Cant believe the luck Vinay Kumar has... Everytime he is dropped for someone, the player replacing him gets injured and Vinay Kumar is back in the team as a replacement.. Is there no other bowler in India?? Where is Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav?? Why are the new players like Sandeep Singh not tried out?

Posted by Fan1969 on (November 14, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

What Vinay again? How about Rahul Shukla, Dhawan (MI), Ishwar Pandey. Why go back to bowlers who have tried repeatedly and failed.

Pls no example of Rohit as he is a batsman.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (November 14, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Seriously, Vinay Kumar again? They are obviously not going to play him in any of the ODIs. Are there no other bowlers in entire India that you fall back upon the person whom you had dropped? Have the selectors forgotten Zaheer Khan? Abhishekh Nayar? Parwinder Awana?

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

wow!!! Mr Vinay Kumar is back once again...... Hail India!!!!

Posted by Sandt on (November 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

OHhhhhhh not again vinay kumar. Is it a Joke. Vinay kumar dropped from squad due to no performance is back in the squad due to injury to a bowler.Why there is no other bowlers available in India. come on selectors we thought you have done a good job while picking this team has now ruined all that confidence of us.

Posted by satzzz on (November 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Same happened for Irfan last year in Sri Lanka. Irfan was by far the best bowler for us then. Hopefully luck follows Vinay this time.

Posted by TATTUs on (November 14, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

its mighty high time that Vinay Kumar has been done away with for good! I mean those 3 sixes by Watson [ ALL the balls pitching same and same pace] is enough to indicate that he is a nothing bowler!

Posted by sagsaw on (November 14, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

What nonsense !!!

How can you call back someone who has been dropped?

When are you going to test the bench strength for South Africa and Australia NZ tours?

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

What? No no Vinay again! Where is Varum Aaron? Umesh Yadav?

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

I don't know why again and Vinay kumar is getting chances. He never proved as best bowler. This is all Dhoni's politics. There are so many youngsters waiting for their turn to team India. Follow Austria policy. If not perform 2-3 matches then bring new blood.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

GOD!! Not Vinay!! Pls spare us the pain.

Posted by rmaganti on (November 14, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

Mohinder Amarnath once criticized the selectors for being incompetent. Are we seeing evidence to that statement today? Vinay Kumar was dropped because of his poor show against the Aussies. How can he become good (to be reselected) in a matter of a few days without actually performing in a cricket match? Is it a joke or what?

Posted by Shridharan.S on (November 14, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Sad to hear this. Fortune is not allowing this very promising and young bowler. He could have used this series to showcase his talent and keep the selectors interested ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Vinay Kumar is lucky to be given a chance at the expense of Dhawal Kulkarni. Hopefully, he learns from his mistakes committed during the Australian ODI Series and performs better. He needs to have control over his line and length in order to keep the selectors interested in him. I see this WI ODI Series has his last chance before he faces the axe.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

again Vinay Kumar. He was dropped from ODI Squad and replaced for the same..funny selection. Why don't they are not giving chances for Youngsters like Rishi dhawan..he can very useful for 2015 world cup in Australia and New Zealand. He is an good batting all rounder..

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