India news December 28, 2012

Praveen targeting Ranji knockouts for comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, is hopeful of his inclusion in the Indian squad to face Australia at home in February-March.* Praveen, who has been training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, is undergoing rehabilitation from a tennis elbow that also forced him to miss the World Cup.

Praveen had fruitful tours of West Indies and England in 2011, but then missed the tour of Australia due to a chest injury. Although he played in the Commonwealth Bank series, the Asia Cup and the IPL this year, his form dipped, and he hasn't played any international cricket since.

"It's painful when you miss big matches for the national side. To prove that I am match fit, I will be targetting the Ranji Trophy knockout game to come back into the national side," Praveen told the Hindustan Times. "I have recovered and am looking forward to an opportunity ahead of the Australia tour." He has played just one match this Ranji season.

Praveen, who expressed his frustration at being ignored for the series against New Zealand in August, scored a half-century and took three wickets in the Challenger Trophy in September.

"I am a bit unlucky. It (injuries) happens whenever I am planning something big in my career. But this time, I am not going to lose the opportunity as this is the right time to stage a comeback."

*10:17pm, December 28: The piece had initially stated that Praveen Kumar is an allrounder. This has been corrected.

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  • RK on December 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    It's time the selectors look beyond the tested and failed lot and for fresh, new faces. Let these failed and injury prone no think places in Indian team is their birthright. Let them earn it on the basis of their performance. It's time we discard these 120 - 130 kph "PACE" bowlers and look for fitter, younger and deserving bowlers than the tested and failed Ishants, Praveens, Zaks....

  • sumit on December 29, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    instead of making comments to media,he should work on his death bowling

  • Ashok on December 29, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Physical Fitness is #1 priority for any sportsman. With <100% fitness you are performing below par. But Praveen has been injured more often than available. No one can guaratee his fitness. So he will never be a great sportsman. Guys like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman lasted for a long time because they paid lot of attention to fitness. Guys like Praveen, Srisanth have spent more time on injury list than playing. Who knows if he is available & fit again for Aussie visit in Feb. 2013? Even if he is available what state of fitness & form will he be to make it in the XI?

  • sam on December 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    How is Praveen Kumar an all-rounder? Was Srinath an all-rounder, just because he could slog? Slogging doesn't make you an all-rounder, proper cricketing shots (offensive and defensive) on top of being a frontline bowler makes you an all-rounder. Only Irfan Pathan and Ravi Ashwin can be termed as all-rounders.

  • Arun on December 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Praveen Kumar, the India allrounder? seriously?

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Am sorry, the article says 'Indian All Rounder'. I guess the mediocrity and lack of good all rounders have actually changed the definition of one!

  • Torsha on December 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    He was never out of form and why he was dropped is still mysterious even though he recovered from injury.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    One of my favourite cricketers, but he's an all-rounder now?!? Call me dubious!

  • Biswajit on December 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Come back man we desparately need you in our india team. we are losing because of stricking bowler like you. best of luck.

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