Vinay eyes New Zealand series for India return

Written by: Aprameya .C
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 9:25 [IST]
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Vinay eyes New Zealand series

Bangalore, Jul 13: Vinay Kumar is disappointed that he will miss the tour to Sri Lanka due to an injury. Now, he is aiming to return to the Indian team for the New Zealand series at home next month.

Vinay, who was preparing for the Sri Lankan tour at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here, sustained a hamstring injury during training on Thursday. His place has been taken by Irfan Pathan.

The Karnataka paceman injured his right hamstring while running at the NCA on Thursday. He had an MRI scan on Friday and it revealed a Grade I injury. His scans were assessed by NCA physios.

"It is a minor injury sustained while training on Thursday. It will take two to three weeks to recover," Vinay told Thatscricket on Friday.

He added: "Obviously I am disappointed to miss out (on Sri Lanka tour). However, injuries are part of the game and it is not in my hands."

India will play five One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka. The series starts on July 21 in Hambantota. After this, the team will return home and face New Zealand.

New Zealand will arrive in India for a Test series and two Twenty20s. India and New Zealand will play two Tests and later be involved in T20s. The first Test starts on August 23 in Hyderabad.

The 28-year-old is eyeing this series to get back to India colours.

"I should be back for New Zealand series. I looking forward to that now," said Vinay.

Vinay has one Test and 22 ODIs so far. He has 28 wickets in the 50-over format and one scalp from his lone Test against Australia earlier this year in Perth.


Story first published:  Friday, July 13, 2012, 20:36 [IST]
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