Asia Cup: Ranji experience to back Vinay Kumar

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Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:47 [IST]
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Ranji experience to help Vinay in Dhaka

Dhaka, Mar 16: India's pace sensation Vinay Kumar feels that his Ranji experience will give him an edge while bowling on a flat track at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium as it helps him to try out subtle variations due to the experience gained.

"Most of our cricket is played in these conditions in India and subcontinent. The tracks Down Under were helpful for seamers as it had a lot of bounce but here it is different. We will have to remember how we used to bowl in Ranji Trophy.

"On sub-continent, compared to other countries you have to mix it up more, bowl more slower deliveries and use subtle variations," Vinay said on the eve of his team's match against Bangladesh.

Vinay feels the use of new kookaburra balls from both the ends have helped the bowlers while it also assists batsmen at times.

"Two new balls is a real help for the seamers. The kookaburra ball doesn't swing much. With new balls at both ends, the hardness remains. But again, the batsmen can also go for their shots on these flat pitches."

He also feels chasing a target on such a flat track has been an advantage for Team India.

"It's a batting track. In the first innings, the ball comes on to the bat slightly slower than under lights when it's better conditions for batting."

Reverse swing has not been a potent weapon for bowlers with new balls in recent times, but the roughness on a flat track like Sher-e-Bangla strip has indeed assisted the bowlers.

"In the past, there was much more reverse swing compared to now. However, in the last game, the ball did reverse as the wicket was rough. If you get a good wicket, then it is very difficult," said Vinay.

The 28 year old seamer from Karnataka, with Ranji experience backing him, has impressed everyone with his bowling, having scalped three wickets in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka is definitely a man to watch out for in the ongoing tournament. 


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