full toss, and he dumped it six rows behind the square-leg fence with a slog sweep. So Vinay went wide off Maxwell’s off stump and paid the price with a carved six over cover.
Unwilling to change, he bowled it wide outside off stump again. Again, Maxwell swiped at it and confidently held his stance to observe the ball sail over the infield for the third boundary of the over. But somehow, the shot didn’t climb as much as expected and Rohit Sharma got his hands around it at cover. Vinay, hence, was gifted the 31st scalp of his career. The wicket hardly had an effect on the remainder of his spell, what with James Faulkner collaring him for two more sixes in the 48th over.
On Sunday, neither Vinay nor Ishant seemed to have the pace (low eighties) or the right variations to really trouble any of the Aussie batsmen. Or a tailender for that matter.
Ishant ended up conceding 56 runs from his seven overs (an economy rate of eight). Vinay saw 68 runs being scored off his nine over (economy: 7.55), None of the other regular bowlers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh — crossed 5.66.
Vinay, incidentally, replaced Umesh Yadav in the squad for the one-day series against Australia as the national selectors considered the latter to be ‘erratic and expensive’. Funny, because in 27 ODIs so far, the Karnataka medium pacer has gone over six-an-over on 12 occasions, nearly 45 per cent of his career. And half those times, like yesterday, Vinay has let his economy drift to over seven. And in such a situation, when the 29-year old has gone over seven an over, not once has he claimed more than a solitary wicket.
Incidentally, both Ishant and Vinay have taken just a one five-wicket haul in the 93 ODIs between them. The question then to be asked is: Do the selectors really see Vinay (a man who will be 31 then) and Ishant spearheading India’s World Cup defence alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar (the only certainty so far) by February 2015?