I think Praveen has shown there's more to success than bowling at a decent lick, but when I've watched Vinay all I've seen is a straight up-and-down medium pacer who puts a little bit of shape on the ball. Praveen can, at least, hoop the cherry around the proverbial corner.
The comparison may be slightly invidious as Praveen bowled in more swing friendly conditions up here last summer, but he'd also put in a decent showing in the West Indies beforehand, which has been something of a seamers' graveyard of late.
Vinay might benefir from a season (or even a spell) in county cricket but, given his meagre returns, I struggle to see anyone taking a punt, especially when he'll miss six weeks or so by playing IPL.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads