India news September 13, 2012

Fit Praveen frustrated at being sidelined

ESPNcricinfo staff

Praveen Kumar, the India medium pacer, has revealed his frustration at being sidelined by the national selectors despite having recovered from injury. Praveen was also not picked in the Rest of India (ROI) squad for the first-class Irani Cup match, the curtain-raiser for the domestic season, which will be played from September 21 to 25 in Bangalore.

"I was hoping to get a call for the New Zealand series but that didn't happen. I was a bit disappointed not to find a place in the ROI side too," Praveen told the Indian Express. "At the moment I'm looking forward to the Challenger Trophy [the domestic one-day tournament featuring India's best limited-overs players], as it will be the only competitive cricket for me.

"Sometimes I sit and wonder about why I'm not there in the Indian side. It's frustrating to be sidelined."

Praveen had had a fine 2011, picking up six wickets on Test debut against West Indies in Jamaica in June, and going on to take 27 from six matches at 25.81; he was one of the few positives for India on the dismal tour of England, with 15 wickets in three Tests. However, a chest injury kept him out of the Test series in Australia in December-January, and he wasn't able to replicate his pre-injury form in the limited-overs series that followed: the Commonwealth Bank Series, the Asia Cup and the IPL.

The chest injury was not the only one Praveen suffered last year: he had missed the World Cup with a tennis elbow, and didn't play the final Test in the England series because of pain in his left ankle.

"I had a good time in the West Indies and England, and then injuries halted my progress. Injury is in nobody's hands," Praveen said. "When I'm on the field, I always try to give 200%. And when you do that, you can get injured."

He will play for India B in the revamped Challenger Trophy, which begins on September 29 in Rajkot.

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  • neeraj on September 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    what u guys talkin bout he is not good anymore didnt get any wickets in first 9 games ipl.u think he deserves to be in team.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @ Ankur Sengupta :: And Ishant Sharma can get into the team while the returns are very poor from Ishant.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Mr. Praveen Kumar, you cannot expect to be picked the moment you recover from injury. You need match practice and prove yourself once again if you wish to get selected. At the moment, the Indian bowling line up is doing pretty well, thanks to Irfan Pathan and Ashwin. So it won't be easy for Praveen to make a comeback.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Praveen should be playing for India....I dont know why is he being not selected..had to understand.

  • Abhijith on September 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    praveen, u will come back strongly...

  • Kavin on September 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    "Had good time" what about the full tosses you bowled to Bangladeshi Batsmen in Asia cup and we couldn't make it to the finals??? Huh Praveen?

  • Kavin on September 14, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Stop bowling full tosses and generate some pace....You were a part of a mediocre bowling attack as we all know...and mediocre players don't last for long.

  • V.L on September 14, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Ashok Bambi His place was taken by Irfan who not only bowls well but also bats. In subcontinental conditions, we usually play 2 fast/medium pacers and 2 spinners. Post injury he brought about his own downfall with dismal performances in CB series and Asia Cup(where he had to prove his worth in the absence of Yadav and Zaheer) hence no place for him in international tours. They should have allowed him to tour NZ with the A side and play the Challenger Trophy though.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    PK did very well on the tour of West Indies and England. Dhoni was vey cofident about his bowling abilities and infact over bowled him duing the test matches.He also proved his worth in the Indian conditions but injury prevented his path of success.He got fully recovered from the injuries and took part in the last IPL with not much success or rather failure.Thereafter he was simply thrown out of the Indian team without given any proper chance.Merely because of his failure in IPL does not mean that he has lost the touch and forget the art of swing bowling.Infact swing bowling is more affective than medium pace bowling .To be honest praveen should have been included in the series against New Zealand and also for 20-20 world cup.In the present cercumstances he has to start as a fresher as there is no any other way

  • Thyagarajan on September 14, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    I think Praveen is one of a type. We do not have anybody quite like him now (or not even in the past). He is an exciting swing bowler swinging even in Indian conditions. He can trouble the best of batsman even at his pace. He deserves to get back to the Indian test side, may be, at Umesh Yadav's expense. Irfan has a fantastic record in ODIs and hence Praveen may find it difficult to get into ODI team, especially because of his lack of batting skills, he is a typical Muralidharan like tailender. But any day I would watch Praveen bowl compared to those who run at 50 miles an hour speed and bowl at 90 miles an hour.

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