England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 1st day August 18, 2011

Praveen sidelined by ankle injury


Praveen Kumar has joined India's long list of injured players on the tour of England, missing the fourth Test at The Oval because of an injury to his left ankle. Praveen sustained the injury during the second innings of the third Test at Edgbaston, which India lost by an innings and 242 runs to give up the No. 1 Test ranking.

Praveen's unavailability further depleted an Indian attack already missing its spearhead - Zaheer Khan. Zaheer played no more part in India's campaign after limping out of the first innings at Lord's with a hamstring problem. It was later revealed that he also had an ankle injury, for which he had surgery in London on August 15.

"Praveen Kumar was suffering from pain in his left ankle from an injury sustained while bowling in the second innings of the third Test between England and India at Edgbaston," Anirudh Chaudhary, India's team manager, said. "Treatment was administered to him and he has been responding well. However, there are still some residual symptoms in his ankle due to which he was ruled out of the fourth Test."

The intrigue over Praveen's availability at The Oval remained until the toss, when MS Dhoni said RP Singh would play ahead of Munaf Patel in Praveen's absence.

Praveen was India's best bowler on the tour, and the third highest wicket-taker in the series, after Stuart Broad and James Anderson, with 15 wickets. He bowled seven overs on the third morning at Edgbaston, before returning late in the afternoon to bowl what turned out to be the penultimate over of the innings, with England declaring at the fall of Alastair Cook's wicket. Next morning Praveen injured his right thumb off the fourth ball he faced, trying to fend off a short-ball from Anderson.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ashok on August 19, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    they have to groom young bowlers like Varun aaron, Umesh yadav, Arvind... who have got phase and are very energetic...

  • Sriram on August 19, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Other than Zaheer and Sehwag, I have serious doubts about the extent of "injuries" of the others - Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Praveen Kumar --- It seems to me these guys conveniently broke down knowing fully well further participation on their part could only expose them to more criticism. These players are simply not good enough to play in Eng. Sitting out with "injuries" at least they'll be exempted from the public's wrath when India is whitewashed 4-0. Whether they played or not would make no difference to India's chance. To be honest India would've lost anyway. Yes - a fit Zaheer and a fit Sehwag would have certainly helped.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Indians r trying 2 say "We lost b'cuz of lot of injuries", All these bowlers r nothing, they r responsible 4 all losses, SL hit 400's in all 3 tests. sure SL bowling attak was among worst. Even without much help from Mahela, Sanga, Thilan....joniors battled well against England Pace attack...Take Paranawithana and Prasanna J. as examples. Apart form Ian Bell and Cook any 1 didn't got going. KP, Morgan didn't do well. Struss was bamboozle by Welagedara 3 times. India still can do something in the ODIs. England still far away from being the No.1 in ODIs.

  • Magesh on August 19, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    I dont know why guys are pitching for irfan, yousuf, kaif etc. We dont have any quota system in indian cricket. Those guys were given plenty of chances in the past and proven failure. There is no point in trying them again. Guys move on. Go and pick some other youngster.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    It doesn't matter whose ankle is gone, all Indian bowlers are same. Only Zaheer Khan is a decent bowler. Well if you compare Zaheer Khan to other country bowlers, he himself is going to be ordinary bowler. Oh my India…….. ………

  • Nagendira on August 18, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Please give me a chance... I'm a good pace bowler.... Place Yuvraj at gully ,Rahul at fly slip... I will get the england openers early in seaming conditions.... Chop my head off, If I bowl bad than RPsingh and Ishant.... I know none can bowl bad than them...

  • Hira on August 18, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Wouldnt make a difference if he was in the team coz at the moment in this series india has lost the plot as a team..severely lacking pratice on bouncy and swinging conditions..bcci has obviously underestimated this tour and its about time they produce some bouny pitches in india for its players to regularly pratice on..also reduce cricket load to prevent exhaustion and injuries simple as that.

  • Ravi on August 18, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    RP is in probable because he did well eons ago in 2007 or was he a favorite of the people in power? Even if performance in the IPL was a criteria (it is a horrible criteria at best!) there are many others who did far better than RP. Why not recall Kapil Dev/ Srinath... I am sure they are as fit as these guys and can bowl just as fast! Also as Gavaskar said some have very wrong attitudes in the team... Yuvi, Zak, Viru et all .. probably think it is beneath them to play test cricket. These guys skipped the WI tour and cannot claim they had too much cricket. Instead of building up for this tour they only built up their middle... it is a real shame.

  • Rahul on August 18, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    give irfan patan and muhammad kaif for come back, ifan need international matches.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @Varun Kaushik..........Irfan is a talent gone wrong....I have seen him bowl live during practice now as well as in 2005.....and even though i was a great fan and supporter for him bieng in the team.... I am sorry to say currently he bowls so slowly that even our club batters will not have problem facing him...he bowls almost like Kumble nowdays ....Unless he bowls a bit faster ....he is not a potent force no more... a sad loss for India ....because if he is in team and scores even a 30 or 40 but bowls little bit quicker ...we still can get 1 extra bowler in the team and team balance is restored to a great deal in terms of bowlers/batter in team.

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