Need to be more consistent: Vinay
Brisbane, Feb 18: With the CB Series evenly poised at the halfway stage, the hosts take on table-toppers India in a crunch encounter at The Gabba. The visitors have improved in every facet of the game since the disappointing Test series. 28-year-old medium pacer Vinay Kumar is one of the cricketers who has managed to pick up his game; he is currently the joint top wicket-taker in the tri-series with a tally of nine.
Vinay Kumar stressed the importance of consistency, and ironing out the flaws in his game, during the pre-match interaction wit the media on Saturday.
On the strategy for the rest of the tournament
We are taking it one match at a time; we’re trying not to think [too far ahead] in the series. The team morale is really good. We hope to do really well again.
On the experience of playing in Australia so far
I won’t say it was not a great debut for me [Aus vs Ind 3rd Test]. It was really good, actually. Getting Mike Hussey’s wicket was really good, but that game David Warner went after everyone. That day was ordinary. After that I have been doing really well in the one-dayers. I really want to thank the team coach and the bowling coach for backing me. When the senior players, captain and coach have trust in you, you will definitely do well.
On answering his critics with good performances
I don’t think about all those things. For me, going out there and giving it my best is important whether you are playing for India or Karnataka or any game. Keeping it simple is really helping me. I don’t think much about what they say about me. I try to give it my best, batting, bowling or fielding.
On bowling well in the one-dayers
The pace is coming [out] really well now, definitely. I need to be more consistent. If I see the last four games, I could have given 10 runs less every game. Even though I did well, there are many areas that I can really improve. I’m really working on that.
On being consistent while bowling
I’ve bowled a few bad balls; when a new batsman came in initially I bowled a few easy balls. I’ve just got to bowl dot balls. Few went for boundaries, few were dot balls. From the outside it looks okay, but as a bowler I know I can control all those things. I could have [conceded] ten runs less [per game].
On the difference between domestic and international cricket
Compared to Ranji Trophy, the margin for error is very small at the international level. [In the] Ranji Trophy, if you bowl one or two bad balls in an over, you can survive. At the international level, [batsmen] can convert good balls into fours, so bad balls will definitely [yield runs]. You have to be more consistent.