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Young pacers shining in the land of spinners

cricket Updated: Oct 20, 2011 09:28 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Going into the one-day series against England, one area of concern for India was how the new rules would affect the side. However, the use of two new balls from both ends appears to have come as a blessing in disguise for the Indian pacers, who have generally been taken to the cleaners on flat home pitches. Traditionally spinners have held sway in the sub-continent but medium-pacer Vinay Kumar believes the pacers are able to get more help from the ball, and for a longer duration.

"Earlier, the white ball used to swing for just 5-6 overs. Now with the balls relatively new on both ends, the movement lasts for as long as 10 to 12 overs which is a proving to be very helpful," he said on Wednesday.

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In Hyderabad, where the wicket assisted spin, Umesh Yadav took two wickets and Praveen Kumar got one. In Delhi, the pacers accounted for seven wickets. Yadav took two wickets and Praveen one.

Vinay Kumar, who claimed a career best 4 for 30 at the Ferozshah Kotla, hoped the pacers would get more help in Mohali. "Both me and Praveen are swing bowlers, and historically this venue has assisted pace bowling. I am hopeful we will be able to get the swing going here also."

Vinay said nothing much has changed as far as bowling is concerned after the disastrous England tour.

"We bowled well in England too but there sometimes the weather and other elements played their part in our losses. Once the ball got wet during there was nothing much we could do. We are still pretty much the same unit that toured England."

In Delhi Vinay was a contender for the man of the match award which went to Virat Kohli for his brilliant century. "He played a brilliant innings. I am happy as long as the team wins," the Karnataka pacer added.

Vinay said the team's ploy to rein in Kevin Pietersen has worked well. "He has a habit of charging down the wicket and playing on the on side. So, bowling short helped creating doubts in his mind."