In the modern cricket era, whenever it comes to deadly pace line-ups, the West Indies Pakistan and Australian pace batteries are often mentioned. Although the current Indian bowling order is included in the team of best fast bowlers in cricket history. Because he was sharpened by Indian fast bowling since Kapil Dev. On whose strength it can be ruled in world cricket, but since the beginning of the twenty-first century, passionate bowlers like Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, and Sreesanth gave an aggressive approach to Indian fast bowling.
Friends, today we are going to talk about one such aggressive Indian fast bowler, who destroyed the opposing team on their own soil. The player who was known for his anger and arrogance more than his balls. He is remembered for the chain of two hundred and fifty grams lying around his neck more than the bowling. Yes friends, today we are talking about swing magician Praveen Kumar.
|Born||2 October 1986 (age 35)|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Praveen Kumar was born on 2 October 1986 in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. Praveen’s father Sakal Singh Khaiwal was working as a constable in the police. And also used to do farming in the village Laparana. He wanted to make Praveen a wrestler, but Praveen used to reach the ground by referring to the school from the arena. Mata Murti Singh Khairwal used to support Praveen in his hobby of playing cricket. As Praveen got older, his passion for cricket started becoming a passion. Once, for a local cricket tournament, Praveen skipped his 10th class exam. When Praveen returned home in the evening, his brother asked where is the paper? Praveen could say something further that only then the voice came, although today the six was very spectacular. His brother told this act of Praveen to his mother. But this thing was not allowed to reach the father.
Somehow Praveen’s family members agreed to pursue him in cricket. But Praveen now had money problems. He needed shoes during the Under Nineteen Trials. Praveen recalled that day and told that at that time the price of Puma’s cricket shoes was three thousand rupees. Mother had given one thousand rupees, for the rest of the money, I sold my cycle at a sweet shop. The heat of poverty and the passion to do something filled Praveen with unwavering courage. The result of which was his scintillating performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the year 2004-05, with Praveen taking the joint-highest number of wickets with Bengal’s Ranadev Bose that year. In his first Ranji season in the same year, Praveen took 41 wickets and scored 386 runs. Continuing his form, Praveen took a record 49 wickets in the next Ranji season.
|Domestic team information|
|2008–2010||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 8)|
|2011–2013||Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 8)|
|2014||Mumbai Indians (squad no. 88)|
|2015||Sunrisers Hyderabad (squad no. 19)|
|2016–2017||Gujarat Lions (squad no. 17)|
Now Praveen Kumar’s name was shining in domestic cricket. Then came the 2007 NKP Solvay Challenger Trophy. Praveen took 9 wickets in the first two matches and spent only 89 runs. Praveen’s scintillating performance got him in the eyes of the Indian selectors. In this way, on 12 November 2007, Praveen made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Jaipur. Praveen could not do much in the first two matches.
But the selectors kept their faith in Praveen. After that came the historic Commonwealth Bank Series of 2008. Which was named after the young Indian team under the captaincy of Dhoni. In the series, Praveen played 4 matches and took 10 wickets. Praveen was counted as one of the main reasons for the charismatic victory of the Indian team.
|National side||India (2007–2012)|
|Test debut (cap 270)||20 June 2011 v West Indies|
|Last Test||13 August 2011 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 170)||18 November 2007 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||18 March 2012 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||8|
|T20I debut (cap 20)||1 February 2008 v Australia|
|Last T20I||30 March 2012 v South Africa|
|T20I shirt no.||8|
Praveen’s bowling balls were now being discussed in international cricket as well. Praveen Kumar had the ability to swing the new ball from both sides of the wicket. Also slower yorker balls under Praveen’s control made him even more lethal. Referring to the debit, former Indian cricket Manoj Prabhakar had said, Praveen is a magician when it comes to swing and control.
Between 2008 and 2010, Praveen took 57 wickets in 47 One Day Internationals at an economy rate of 5.02. During this Praveen Kumar was the main bowler along with Zaheer Khan in the Indian pace battery. Every Indian expected Praveen to perform brilliantly in the 2011 World Cup. Everyone said that no one can take advantage of home pitches better than Praveen Kumar, but the creator of the world had something else to accept. Just before the 2011 World Cup, Praveen Kumar was ruled out of the team by dengue and then an elbow injury. Sreesanth was included in the team in place of Praveen and there is no doubt that Praveen Kumar was missed on several occasions during the 2011 World Cup. Praveen Kumar made a return to international cricket after the 2011 World Cup, making his Test debut against the West Indies, followed by a five-wicket haul at Lord’s in his first innings against England.
But the injury was like this behind Praveen. Who was desperate after Vikram. When Praveen returned to his complexion, an elbow or knee injury would again take him away from cricket. Playing his last international match against South Africa in March 2012, Praveen Kumar flopped badly. While Praveen Kumar had poor fitness and falling form, on the other hand Bhuvneshwar Kumar was performing amazingly in Praveen’s Ranji team. This was the reason due to which the selectors started thinking ahead of Praveen Kumar.
But the passion to represent the country kept Praveen attached to cricket. Praveen kept trying to make a comeback, but could not return to the Indian team since 2012. Praveen Kumar was losing his composure due to being out of the Indian team. In 2013, during the Corporate Trophy, Praveen Kumar got into a tussle with batsman Ajit Argal in a match played between ONGC and Income Tax Department. In the 49th over of the match, a scuffle broke out between the two. Praveen also called the defending umpire good and bad. During the over, Praveen Kumar bowled two bouncers to Ajith and bowled a shot ball. After this Ajit complained to the umpire Kamlesh Sharma and asked why he is not giving the no ball. Just Praveen Kumar got red with anger and vented anger directly on the batsman. After a post-match investigation found him guilty of intimidation and humiliation, the referee declared Kumar mentally unfit and only on cricket. The BCCI banned Praveen from playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for a year. However, the controversy over his anger with Praveen Kumar was not the first time there were incidents of doctor beating in 2008 and clashes with spectators in England and West Indies in 2011. However, the controversy over the Corporate Trophy hurt him badly, both socially and mentally.
Recalling his stressful times, Praveen Kumar said that there was a time like this. When I stopped leaving the house. I used to wonder how people would ask me questions but slowly I started pulling out and all the negativity disappeared. He further said that I was disappointed I did not get a chance to play on such a platform. Friends, you will be surprised to know that even mentally strong cricketers like Praveen Kumar tried to commit suicide. Talking to The Indian Express, Praveen said, “A few months ago, I was running a car with a revolver via Haridwar for the purpose that today we end the game. But the picture of the children in the car changed my mind and I returned home safely. Praveen Kumar, who is battling depression, once again connected with life on the basis of his desire to prove himself. In the year 2018, Praveen announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
In his international cricket career, Praveen represented the Indian team in 6 Tests, ODIs and 1 T20I. Along with this, Praveen Kumar played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL between 2008 and 2018, Praveen took 90 wickets at a strike rate of 28.04. He also won the Bar Man of the Match Award. After retiring from cricket, Praveen spends most of his time with his family. Prabir credits his wife Sapna Choudhary for her victory over depression. Praveen married Sapna in the year 2010. Who is himself a national level shooting player. Currently, Praveen Kumar is concentrating on a farm house and minute restaurant business in village Barnawa, but Praveen aspires to pass on his talent as a bowling coach to future generations.
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