India news March 13, 2014

'I'm at my best,' says Vinay Kumar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Karnataka have already won this year's Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup, and are now in the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Their captain Vinay Kumar has been instrumental to their success, taking 17 wickets in the Ranji knockout stage and a ten-wicket haul in the Irani Cup.

Vinay has backed that up with 23 wickets at 10.30 to top the Vijay Hazare bowling charts. "I would say I'm at my best at the moment. I am happy with the way I'm performing," Vinay said on the eve of Karnataka's Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final against Jharkhand.

After a difficult one-day series against Australia last year, Vinay lost his place in the national team but was hopeful of making a comeback. "I've been performing well in whatever matches I played. Be it Ranji or Irani, I've been doing well. The rest is up to the selectors. Every match is important for me and I want to contribute in our team's win."

The pitches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy knockout phase have been favourable to seamers, which Vinay felt would prepare batsmen for overseas conditions. "It's challenging for batsmen where they can improve their batting. When we go abroad, these kind of wickets will definitely help them perform really well. If we play 10 games, we get these kind of wickets in only one or two games."

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  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    I don't think Vinay Kumar has the pace nor the variation to succeed at the international level. Even in the last 2 matches in the Vijay Hazare trophy, he has given away 85 and 70 runs. That is not encouraging. If domestic batsmen can belt you around like that, think what Australian and other international batsmen would do.

  • Cricket on March 15, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Every bowler takes time before he matures into a strike bowler. Vinay has definitely improved leaps and bound by captaining Karnataka through the Ranji trophy,Irani trophy and now the Vijay Hazare trophy. So there's absolutely no truth that a India discard cannot get his place back and perform better than his earlier stint. VK is nearly ready for fresh stint with the Indian team what with even some of the illustrious indian bowlers firing blanks presently !!!

  • Android on March 14, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @karunk I mean 140+ with line and length. we want zaheers replacement

  • Rajesh on March 14, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Vinay played against England in India and India won the series. Vinay Kumar palyed in the tri series in Australia and India entered the final. Vinay did not play in the final, India lost. Vinay played one match in the tri series in Bangaldesh and India won the match. After that he was injured and India lost all matches. Vinay was part of the team in Champions Trophy in England and India won. India went to West Indies and Vinay played in the tri series final and India won. Whole of Champions Trophy and whole of Tri series he sat on the bench i,e for 2 months and then Dhoni played him in the final and he returned with figures 6-0-16-0! Then India went to Zimbabwe and won the ODI series with Vinay in the team, but his performance was average. Then Australia came to India and India won the one off T20 match & the ODI series with VK in the team. After this series VK was dropped. India lost the ODI series in New Zealand. Lost in the Asia Cup badly. Still people criticise! Gos help them. Om!

  • Rajesh on March 14, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Let him play and do well. If selectors think that he needs to be given a chance let them. But that does not mean Vinay has changed anything. He has been bowling like this all the time. Him commitment, hard work, work ethics are exemplary. He is the best fielder among the fast bowlers we have. Never misfields and never drops a catch. And moreover he is always alert on the boundary unlike the present opening bowler of India from UP who bowls a tight over and then goes and relaxes on the boundary standing way inside and letting the ball fly over his head. Our great cricket fans and reporters do not observe these cricketing points. VK never bowls to control the runs, he bowls to take wickets. Even in Australia series where VK haters had a field time, chose to forget that he was the one who provided the breakthroughs despite giving away runs. India is lucky to have cricketer like him who would not mind sitting on the bench and give 100% while on the field. Well done, Vinay.

  • Cricket on March 14, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    VK has had a terrific season and very consistent in his performance.His performance is commendable considering the batsman friendly pitches in India. He is definitely not far away from a India call up if he continues to perform in the same fashion.

  • sid on March 14, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Come on guys.. 54 wickets from the last 11 matches (in both list A and first-class formats), how can you argue with that? Lack of pace? What is the use of pace if there is no control? Look at Varun Aaron, utter rubbish bowler, look at his stats, just pathetic. Please understand that there are different forms of bowling, pace is just one of them and it does not work everywhere. Vinay did bowl badly against Australia, but then who didn't, every single Indian bowler was horrible in that series. Vinay bowled beautifully against England in the ODI series in India, you guys don't remember that, selective amnesia I see. Let Vinay open the bowling for India and see how the wickets will tumble. Let him play in England and see how much better he is, than Ishant. When the conditions are suitable for swing bowling, Vinay is the best bowler in India at the moment.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Vinay is a thinking bowler. His pace or lack of it is his best weapon. There is little use of having bowlers throwing the cherry at 140+ without length and direction. It is most important to make batsmen play and get them to commit mistakes. India's current new ball bowlers fail the test there. Vinay and Rahul Shukla were impressive in the Ranji Trophy and the current tournament from that perspective.

  • Android on March 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    if he says the same thing after performing in a tough international series or against a touring international side then fine... he has always had domestic success but not good enough for the national team

  • Phanindra on March 14, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    VK has done excellent job, 23 wickets @10.30 is no joke. Everyone in this tournament is India potential or India discard, so whoever says he will not succeed in international scene is misguided. I think mentally VK has grown last year while leading KA to ranji and Irani trophy. At this rate KA could win the Asia cup all by itself. Go VK and his boys. As they 90% is all mental and VK is peace mentally whie leading his sides to multiple wins. This should surely shut up his critics for a while.

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