Praveen Kumar retires from all formats of cricket
Indian fast bowler Praveen Kumar has announced his retirement from all formats of the game after being not with the national for six long years.
The Meerut-born Praveen made 84 international appearances since his debut against Pakistan in 2007. During his early days he was appreciated well for the natural swing he got.
The 32-year-old, who last donned the national colours in 2012, revealed that he will only turn out for ONGC in company cricket as he prepares for a career in coaching.
“I have decided to retire from cricket. The decision is not taken in haste, I gave a thought over it and I felt it was a right time to say goodbye to the sport which gave me so much.”
The medium fast bowler officially announced his retirement to the Indian Express on 20th October. “I want to thank my family, BCCI, UPCA, Rajeev (Shukla) sir for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams,” he further added.
He was restricted to only six Test caps, during which he picked up 27 wickets at a healthy average of 25.81. He enjoyed a successful series of England in 2011 despite India’s abysmal 0-4 scoreline but mysteriously failed to get another game in the India whites.
He is among the unluckiest ones who have played the game so far. Praveen was all set to represent India in 2011 World Cup. But a dengue illness denied him participation in a tournament that India eventually won. Praveen’s last national-team appearance came in a one-off T20I against South Africa in March 2012.
After chances at the national level dried out, he took up mentoring responsibilities with his state side, even captaining them in a handful of games between 2014-16. He played the last of his 66 first class games in October 2017. He finishes with 267 wickets at an average of 23.61.
Praveen has represented Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and famously claimed a hat-trick for the latter during the 2010 season.