Veteran pace bowler Praveen Kumar retires from cricket
Former Indian cricketer Praveen Kumar has finally decided to call it quits from the game. The 32-year-old donned Indian jersey for the last time in 2012. He is keen to start a career in coaching and also confirmed that he will be playing company cricket for ONGC. The pacer called time on his 13-year-old career. Here we look at his achievements.
It's been a great journey
Praveen played a crucial role in historic CB series win
Kumar represented India in 6 Tests, 68 ODIs and 10 T20Is. He picked 112 wickets across the three formats. A swing bowler, Praveen had the ability to get the ball talk both ways. Kumar made his ODI debut in 2007 and was a part of the side's historic series win in Australia the following year, where he claimed four wickets in the second final.
Praveen impressed in short Test career
The pacer also impressed in his short Test career. The Meerut-born player took a decent 27 wickets at an average of 25.81. India were dismal against England in 2011, but Praveen shined. The player got his name on the Lord's honours board after picking his only five-for there. But he wasn't given an extended run in the format.
Dengue affected his participation in 2011 World Cup
He was doing well in ODIs and was in the provisional squad for the ICC 2011 World Cup. But he was affected by dengue which ended any hopes of him making it to the final squad. He also played 66 first-class games for UP and ended with 267 wickets at an average of 23.61. He played for several franchises in the IPL as well.
Praveen played 119 times in the IPL
He played 119 IPL matches and picked 90 wickets with a best of 3/18. He will be remembered as someone who claimed a hat-trick in the 2010 edition of the coveted tournament. We wish Praveen the very best for his new journey.