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Praveen undergoes fitness test for elbow injury

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February 7, 2011

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Praveen Kumar and Virat Kohli tussle in jest during a training session ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand, Vadodara, December 3, 2010
Praveen Kumar picked up an elbow injury before India's ODI series in South Africa © AFP
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Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, underwent a fitness test early on Monday morning at the National Cricket Academy, immediately after returning from England, where he had dashed last week to consult experts on his injured right elbow. Though there was no official word yet from the BCCI on Praveen, sources monitoring the developments have indicated that the fast bowler' dreams of playing his maiden World Cup were virtually over because the injury had not healed as fast as was expected.

Praveen had picked up the injury at the outset of the ODI series last month in South Africa and was sent back immediately as a precautionary measure to recuperate at the NCA. But the recovery did not go as planned and Praveen was rushed to meet Dr Andrew Wallace, a London-based surgeon, who has treated many Indian players including Sachin Tendulkar. The BCCI officials were tight-lipped about the development, but it is understood that the board wanted to first approach the tournament's technical committee to report on Praveen's injury and get the approval for his replacement.

In all likelihood that man could be Sreesanth, who was present in Bangalore on Monday and took a fitness test in the afternoon. But the BCCI has not gone public yet announcing the replacement. According to the tournament rules, once the technical committee receives the request it is passed straightaway unless there are any exceptional circumstances.

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Posted by akshay on (February 10, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

heyy wher's ajit agarkar..?? y the selctrs r not selectin ajit..!!hes 1 of d bst indian pacer who can bowl around 140 km/hr n also swing the both ways..!!he can also bat weell down the ordr..!! zak n ajit can rock the indian bowlin..!!!!!

Posted by al on (February 8, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

Surprisingly there are 2 praveens (in fact a praveen kumar) in this forum- both advocating Sree over Praveen! :) His strike rate is easily achievable by other bowlers (Zak, Nehra) if they are willing to compromise on their economy rate like Sree. Sree however doesn't listen to the captain and keeps searching for a wicket - even if the team needs to control the opposition at that moment. A Sree fan might think that Sree is a better bowler than Zak coz he has a better strike rate. So if you understood cricket a little bit more, you'll see that Zak bowls for wickets in his first spell and tries to control in his last spell. That's why his economy rate and strike rate are balanced. He plays for the team. Sree plays for his satisfaction - which is good thing - but sometimes teams interests are sidelined. If you understand ODI vs test difference, you'll realize that Sree and Ishant - both are not suited for ODIs. The funny things is, I think Sree can easily fit into ODI mould if he wanted to

Posted by yuva on (February 8, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

I wish Rahul Dravid to play this world cup...............

Posted by Rakesh on (February 8, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

@Nampally - Just to let you know the world cup is in Asia and not SA or Australia and pace wont matter that much.

Posted by Coolest on (February 8, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Rahul Raj and @ BICHU77, I am not kidding. If you don't believe me then check the cricinfo commentary for the match, and look at the speed of every delivery for that over then tell me if I am kidding. I guess you guys live in your virtual world and never even look at the speed of deliveries bowled during a game. Parveen Kumar is the fastest Indian bowler today, and I have proof, here is the cricinfo link for that match: (http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2010/engine/match/463149.html?innings=2;page=1;view=commentary) after that over he got injured and taken off the attack and was not able to bowl at around 140ks, there is no one other Parveen who bowls around 140ks today, Sree,Zak and Ishant all bowl around 130ks now days.....

Posted by Rakesh on (February 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

@nataraajds - I didnt know there was another Praveen Kumar available. Bring him on BCCI.

Posted by Rakesh on (February 8, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

@nataraajds - I didnt know there was another Praveen Kumar available. Bring him on BCCI.

Posted by Rakesh on (February 8, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

@HarryQ - India has enough firepower in the batting department to cover that. Dont pass on ridiculous comments.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

YOU SELECT-BOWLER COMPARISON IN LAST 2YEARS BOWER MATCHES WICKET BEST AVERAGE MUNAF 6 3 1/3 65.33 NEHRA 19 23 3/37 42.6 SREESANTH 5 12 4/47 23.58

Posted by jayesh on (February 8, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Being the best economic bowler in the subcontinent conditions, the absence of Praveen will be a big blow for India's world cup dreams. Sree couldn't make any impression in this subcontinent region entire his career. Definitely the choice should go for a fresh and surprise bowling for the opponent, which could be the young lad, Deepak Chavar from Rajasthan..!

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