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'Two new balls helping pacers'
Wednesday 19 October 2011

Indian pacer Vinay Kumar believes that the ICC's new rule of using two new balls in an ODI innings is hugely beneficial for fast bowlers as it helps them swing the ball more.

"I am feeling good. I am happy with my performance (in Delhi). Initially, the white ball didn't swing much. But using two new balls has been very helpful for bowlers," Vinay Kumar said ahead of the third ODI of the five-match series at the PCA stadium.

"Previously, the ball used to swing max 5-6 overs but now it keeps on swinging for 10-12 overs. It (two new ball) is a plus factor for bowlers," said Vinay Kumar who returned with figures of four for 30 to help India spank England by eight wickets in second ODI.

Even though he played a crucial role in India's win in New Delhi, Vinay Kumar was not disappointed to lose out on the man-of-the-match award to teammate Virat Kohli, who guided India's successful run chase with a blistering unbeaten 112 of 98 balls.

"Virat played really well. It was a brilliant knock. For me as long as the team wins it's more than enough," he said.

He is also expecting some assistance for the pacers from the Mohali track on Thursday.

"History says that the Mohali wicket is good for fast bowlers. Hopefully, we will get good swing here," he said.

Vinay Kumar refused to comment on the talk that the ongoing rubber against England is a 'revenge series' for India, saying the main emphasis for the team was the job at hand.

"We are taking one match at a time. We will got there and try to give out best," he said.

He disagreed the theory that India's bowling attack was completely off-colour in England in their recent tour there and said luck did not favour the team in numerous occasions.

"We didn't change anything. In England also we bowled really well but because of the conditions we looked ordinary.

The ball used to get wet there quickly, which made it very difficult to swing the ball," he said.

"If you look at the last five ODIs in England, in three we had the upper hand but rain and conditions did not help us," he added.

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