Praveen Kumar drunkenly thrashed me, my minor son: Ex-cricketer's neighbor
Former cricketer Praveen Kumar is back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. The 33-year-old, who retired from cricket last year, allegedly thrashed his neighbor in a drunken state in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Kumar even went ahead and shoved the neighbor's seven-year-old son, the latter claimed. While Kumar is yet to comment, here's more on what the neighbor has alleged.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Kumar's neighbor, Deepak Sharma, claimed that the incident occurred when he was waiting for his son at a bus stop around 3 pm one day. Soon, Kumar arrived at the spot and allegedly started abusing the bus driver, later targeting Sharma. Sharma said, "He was in an inebriated condition. Later, he thrashed me and fractured my hand."
Alleging that the former cricketer also hurt his son, Sharma went on to say, "Kumar pushed my son who has suffered injury in his back. Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats."
Meerut Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhilesh Narayan Singh told ANI, "Both of them are neighbors, and they have informed the police about the incident." The SP said that they are currently investigating the incident based on the statements registered by both the parties. Narayan said further action will be taken on the basis of their investigation, adding that the medical process has been completed.
Kumar had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in October 2018. However, he had played his last match in 2012. Since his debut in 2007 till 2012, the former Indian pacer played in 84 international matches, picking 112 wickets in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and Twenty20 International (T20I). After announcing his retirement, Kumar expressed his wish to become a bowling coach.