India domestic season 2012-13 February 27, 2013

Whose problem is Praveen Kumar?

Praveen Kumar's suspension for failing to control his anger points to the need for more man-management and counselling in the Indian set-up
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Uttar Pradesh competed in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy without their two Kumars, both of whom, nevertheless, have grabbed headlines. Bhuvneshwar made his Test debut in Chennai, and Praveen was suspended for a serious code of conduct breach in a Corporate Trophy game earlier this month.

It was the latest, and most serious, transgression for Praveen, who has had disciplinary issues both on and off the field through his career, like the alleged street fight with a doctor in Meerut in 2008 or a spat with spectators in Port of Spain during India's tour to the West Indies in 2011. But, match referee Dhananjay Singh's report, which stated that Praveen was "not in a mental state" to play the game, is probably the strongest official indictment against the player.

Predictably, it has led to sharply divided opinion, and raised question marks over the handling - especially within the BCCI's set-up - of a fairly volatile character. "Had he been mentally unfit to play, how could he have given such consistent performances for UP and for India for all these years?" asked Gyanendra Pandey, who was the Uttar Pradesh coach for five years before handing over charge to Venkatesh Prasad. "PK is short-tempered and in your face, so sometimes his actions are misinterpreted by those who don't really know him."

Praveen's case is best seen in context. After being dropped from the Indian team, he suffered a recurrence of his tennis elbow in UP's Ranji Trophy opener against Delhi. With the IPL round the corner, Praveen possibly saw the Corporate Trophy, his first competitive outing for almost three months, as his best chance to return to national reckoning - and that could have led to his crossing the line.

Prasad, who worked with Praveen during the former bowler's stint as the India and the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach and billed him as a perfect team man, put his finger on the problem and a possible solution. "Everyone has their own emotional boundary and his may be different. He is a great competitor who speaks his mind, to coach, captain, anyone, and if you are able to take it in the right sense, it can be of benefit to the team. Handle him as a friend and you've won half the battle. He'll do anything for you on the field. On the other hand, it is very easy to needle him."

Yet one UP teammate, requesting anonymity, said many were not really comfortable with him these days. "Most of the players in the dressing room are hesitant to approach him. They are not sure how he will react."

Paddy Upton, who worked as a mental conditioning expert of the Indian team for three years along with coach Gary Kirsten, said there were "many fiery individuals" in the sport who, if "well-managed", could be "world beaters and seldom be problematic."

The consensus is that players like Praveen, with anger management issues, need to undergo a counselling program. That's a touchy subject in a country that looks down on mental conditioning almost as a kind of weakness.

Handle him as a friend and you've won half the battle. He'll do anything for you on the field. On the other hand, it is very easy to needle him
Venkatesh Prasad

In fact, the BCCI has, at its National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, been conducting for the past few years a mental conditioning program for all junior cricketers based on a module by Sandy Gordon, the psychologist who worked with the Indian team in their 2003 World Cup campaign. It's fairly intensive, including four to five sessions on motivation, goal setting and anger management and one-on-one sessions, too, where necessary. It was used by members of India's victorious 2012 Under-19 World Cup campaign and has been used on occasion by younger players, incuding Manoj Tiwary, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane.

For players like Praveen, though, the program possibly came too late, and has not been made mandatory by the BCCI. Till now, the Board hasn't summoned Praveen to go through counselling or mental rehabilitation at the NCA. While a plethora of physiotherapists and physical trainers have been employed to look after the top cricketers' physical fitness, their mental framework seems to have been ignored.

Sports psychologist Dr Chaitanya Sridhar, who spoke to Australian and Indian players while researching a doctoral thesis on "emotional labour in professional cricket", advocates close and detailed interaction with such players. "A fine or a sentence - is it a lesson? Has he understood the fine print? Has it told him that he needs to look into himself? Someone needs to show him a mirror." Such players, she says, have a lot of energy that needs to be tapped into and channelised, else in the long run their behaviour will see them lose out on maximising their potential.

"They need someone they respect talking to them… It is all about self-awareness, and this insight of figuring what works and what doesn't may do wonders to him. In PK's case, this part of his personality needs just a little tweaking because if you don't do that you lose a lot of potential players and performers."

It's the sort of care that New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder, who suffers from drink and anger management issues, has received. He played the IPL in India last year while travelling with his clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo.

Upton suggests that coaches and captains should be trained in man-management. He said that similar to the corporate sector, "players benefit most when they are having quality leadership. I believe the greatest benefit to players is if coaches and captains have regular good quality leadership support."

India's cricketers occupy a unique space in the social structure, where to acknowledge any sort of physical ailment, leave alone mental, is a sign of weakness and puts one's financial security at risk. This, say those who have dealt with cricketers, leads them into denial mode - and this is where a man-manager comes into play. With the BCCI treating the team manager's post as a major vote bank handout rather than appointing a professional, it is imperative for either of the captain and the coach, if not both, to be an exceptional communicator and motivator.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mr_Anonymous on February 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    I think people are confusing anger with rage. What Praveen Kumar displayed was rage and not anger. Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences when they have been wronged. Its a momentary experience of the emotion. When the anger persists for longer than that, it becomes rage. Rage is unhealthy and can lead to destructive behaviour. It is a mix of fear, desperation and panic. The belief that rage is acceptable or desirable for a fast bowler in my mind is quite sad.

    Praveen perhaps is going through some difficult time. Only he can know for sure what is happening in his life. I can understand that after a good tour of England, the injury has made it difficult for him to come back into the side especially since his bowling speed has slowed. He is still a very skillful bowler. Getting help for his issue(s) is not a sign of weakness. In my mind, it is a sign of maturity. Let's hope he gets the help he needs and when he comes back is clearer in his intent and focus.

  • mehulmatrix on February 28, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Very good article regarding the psychological aspect of the game. Praveen is a very fine bowler and a fighter. I think too much is being made of speed, as most of the other bowlers are not express either.Given the good start he had in Tests, it was surprising that he was dropped for no good reason. If selectors are going to drop him then why take him in first place? There are many players who cross the line on filed. I have seen Virat also behaving arrogantly many times. I think mental support and building a trustable relationship is very important. Its very easy to become negative and neglect someone of good talent due to one-off incident. I hope he comes back stronger, more mature and makes a strong claim to be in Indian colors soon. Go Praveen Go!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 27, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Praveen Kumar with new red cherry is a sight to behold. He can swing the bowl by an enormous amount both ways..it doesn't matter that he does it at 125-130 kmph because of the huge amount of swing he gets. It's very rare that he doesn't get a wicket for India within his first 3-4 overs in ODIs. He is a bit short tempered, but at the same time he has got a big heart..he gives his 100% both in bowling and batting. I remember in one of the ODIs against Australia, Praveen and Bhajji almost won (lost by one run, I think) a match out of nowhere with an attacking 8th wicket partnership. He, along with Bhajji, never gave up. Everybody thought the match was well over. They counter-attacked to put Australia's bowlers into dizzy. Praveen just needs curb his anger. Remember, an "angry person" is not equivalent to a "bad person". All the best, PK!

  • 777aditya on February 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Anger is a very powerful emotion and ele(mental)ly present in one and all. If well directed, it can be used as a tremendous source of motivation. The trick is not blowing the top. There can be no 'fire in the belly' without anger. Frustration, irritation, and anger should be utilized a tamed beast. PK belongs to a wrestling family, so aggression runs in his blood. He, should, however channelize the anger to extract better performances from himself rather than be a loose cannon. Ganguly, Gambhir, Bhajji (in the past) and now Kohli all are fiery characters, but they still have a huge fan following because they could back it up with their performances. PK should not lose heart and certainly not change himself, only redirect his emotions.

  • DINESHCC on March 1, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    In the name of aggression our players HARBHAJAN, KOHLI, PRAVEEN, MUNAF, SREESANTH, GAMBHIR, ISHANTH SHARMA are sometimes behaving awkwardlly. The worst among the above is HARBHAJAN AND SREESANTH. On disciplinary grounds VINOD KAMBLI was dropped from Indian team. Similar warning should be given to these kind of players.

  • Edassery on March 1, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Whether it's rage or anger, if one's own team members themselves are hesitant to approach him on play related matters, then such individuals are not fit to play a team oriented game. We have all seen his behavior on field while he's bowling and someone is fielding (not exactly misfielding). It's okay to show some amount aggression to the opponents but you can't get away with too much of swearing anyhow.

  • Sameer-hbk on February 28, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    "Whose problem is Praveen Kumar?" The simple answer is- his own. It mind sound a bit too obvious, but he needs to understand that and 'IF' there is is a problem, the first step to solving it is the guy admitting the existence of the problem. Again, that is 'IF' he has this so called problem... From then on, help should not be too far off considering his stature in Indian and UP cricket.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 28, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @VickGower,

    I agree that a better communication from me should have been to use the word likely as in "What Praveen Kumar likely displayed was rage and not anger".

    There is more information about the incident available here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/604231.html I don't disagree with you that I am still interpreting facts reported without having been present or having observed a video of the incident and as such I could be wrong.

  • __ram on February 28, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    It is the individual's responsibility. Definitely it is Praveen Kumar's problem. In my workplace if I display unreasonable anger, I will be shown the door. Well, if it is BCCI's problem, then it is also his family's problem, his friend's problem, his team-mates' problem, his teacher's problem. What have they been doing all these 26 years?

  • VickGower on February 28, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Mr_Anonymous: "What Praveen Kumar displayed was rage and not anger."

    Especially because the comment is featured and right at the top, it is extremely important for you to explain what you are basing that observation on. How in the world do you know he was more than angry. If it is just an interpretation based on he-said-she-said, or some imprecise reporting, then it is very, very inappropriate to make the above statement.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    I think people are confusing anger with rage. What Praveen Kumar displayed was rage and not anger. Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences when they have been wronged. Its a momentary experience of the emotion. When the anger persists for longer than that, it becomes rage. Rage is unhealthy and can lead to destructive behaviour. It is a mix of fear, desperation and panic. The belief that rage is acceptable or desirable for a fast bowler in my mind is quite sad.

    Praveen perhaps is going through some difficult time. Only he can know for sure what is happening in his life. I can understand that after a good tour of England, the injury has made it difficult for him to come back into the side especially since his bowling speed has slowed. He is still a very skillful bowler. Getting help for his issue(s) is not a sign of weakness. In my mind, it is a sign of maturity. Let's hope he gets the help he needs and when he comes back is clearer in his intent and focus.

  • mehulmatrix on February 28, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Very good article regarding the psychological aspect of the game. Praveen is a very fine bowler and a fighter. I think too much is being made of speed, as most of the other bowlers are not express either.Given the good start he had in Tests, it was surprising that he was dropped for no good reason. If selectors are going to drop him then why take him in first place? There are many players who cross the line on filed. I have seen Virat also behaving arrogantly many times. I think mental support and building a trustable relationship is very important. Its very easy to become negative and neglect someone of good talent due to one-off incident. I hope he comes back stronger, more mature and makes a strong claim to be in Indian colors soon. Go Praveen Go!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 27, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Praveen Kumar with new red cherry is a sight to behold. He can swing the bowl by an enormous amount both ways..it doesn't matter that he does it at 125-130 kmph because of the huge amount of swing he gets. It's very rare that he doesn't get a wicket for India within his first 3-4 overs in ODIs. He is a bit short tempered, but at the same time he has got a big heart..he gives his 100% both in bowling and batting. I remember in one of the ODIs against Australia, Praveen and Bhajji almost won (lost by one run, I think) a match out of nowhere with an attacking 8th wicket partnership. He, along with Bhajji, never gave up. Everybody thought the match was well over. They counter-attacked to put Australia's bowlers into dizzy. Praveen just needs curb his anger. Remember, an "angry person" is not equivalent to a "bad person". All the best, PK!

  • 777aditya on February 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Anger is a very powerful emotion and ele(mental)ly present in one and all. If well directed, it can be used as a tremendous source of motivation. The trick is not blowing the top. There can be no 'fire in the belly' without anger. Frustration, irritation, and anger should be utilized a tamed beast. PK belongs to a wrestling family, so aggression runs in his blood. He, should, however channelize the anger to extract better performances from himself rather than be a loose cannon. Ganguly, Gambhir, Bhajji (in the past) and now Kohli all are fiery characters, but they still have a huge fan following because they could back it up with their performances. PK should not lose heart and certainly not change himself, only redirect his emotions.

  • DINESHCC on March 1, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    In the name of aggression our players HARBHAJAN, KOHLI, PRAVEEN, MUNAF, SREESANTH, GAMBHIR, ISHANTH SHARMA are sometimes behaving awkwardlly. The worst among the above is HARBHAJAN AND SREESANTH. On disciplinary grounds VINOD KAMBLI was dropped from Indian team. Similar warning should be given to these kind of players.

  • Edassery on March 1, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Whether it's rage or anger, if one's own team members themselves are hesitant to approach him on play related matters, then such individuals are not fit to play a team oriented game. We have all seen his behavior on field while he's bowling and someone is fielding (not exactly misfielding). It's okay to show some amount aggression to the opponents but you can't get away with too much of swearing anyhow.

  • Sameer-hbk on February 28, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    "Whose problem is Praveen Kumar?" The simple answer is- his own. It mind sound a bit too obvious, but he needs to understand that and 'IF' there is is a problem, the first step to solving it is the guy admitting the existence of the problem. Again, that is 'IF' he has this so called problem... From then on, help should not be too far off considering his stature in Indian and UP cricket.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 28, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @VickGower,

    I agree that a better communication from me should have been to use the word likely as in "What Praveen Kumar likely displayed was rage and not anger".

    There is more information about the incident available here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/604231.html I don't disagree with you that I am still interpreting facts reported without having been present or having observed a video of the incident and as such I could be wrong.

  • __ram on February 28, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    It is the individual's responsibility. Definitely it is Praveen Kumar's problem. In my workplace if I display unreasonable anger, I will be shown the door. Well, if it is BCCI's problem, then it is also his family's problem, his friend's problem, his team-mates' problem, his teacher's problem. What have they been doing all these 26 years?

  • VickGower on February 28, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Mr_Anonymous: "What Praveen Kumar displayed was rage and not anger."

    Especially because the comment is featured and right at the top, it is extremely important for you to explain what you are basing that observation on. How in the world do you know he was more than angry. If it is just an interpretation based on he-said-she-said, or some imprecise reporting, then it is very, very inappropriate to make the above statement.

  • SevereCritic on February 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Fast Bowlers always need to be fierce. Channel his energies into bowling with more pace. Andy Roberts used to say-- "The only thing between the wicket and me is the batsman. And I shall show him no mercy" Imagine calling Courtney Ambrose as "mentally unfit" as he wrecked the Aussies in 1992-93 in the legendary 7/1 spell.

  • SJ_NR on February 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    What did he do to invite this? Nowhere is this mentioned in the story.

  • agarkarno1 on February 28, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Praveen Kumar king of swing...! Its surprising to read UP cricketers themselves find it difficult to apporach him... Bhuvanesh says Praveen is his idol..!

  • Publickakaptan on February 28, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Some time fame gets into your head.At one time you are playing at such top level (international) and other time you are playing at such low level (corporate) to get into team .Frustration creeps into your head.Even when the batsmen at such level start hitting you for fours and six.Then belief that I am not good at such level leads to frustration and why is he playing at such level.That frutration get into anger.Anger of madness level.Frustraion of injury,playing in such tournament and also ego that batsman at such level should respect being an international player....turned his anger into madness.The madness that has gone beyond anger.The umpire was right that he may not seen any player in in his life react like us.The madness that no one could have been able to pacify Praveen at that time.What was I at one time and now what I am.Sadanand Vishwanath was not able to fulfil the expectations placed upon him,took to liquour.I feel he was rightly banned.There is no place for madness.

  • ravi_hari on February 28, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The BCCI should quickly think of having a couple of experts who should handle individuals for various aspects of their game. Behaviour is definitely very important aspect. However, the experts should have a larger scope of work. When a player is running through a bad patch like Gambhir or is getting injured frequently the experts should step in to understand the non-cricketing aspect of such an occurance. It is very easy to drop or ban a player but it will take a huge effort to bring him back into it. Everyone will not have the luck of Yuvraj. It is a very serious matter and BCCI should immediately look into it. With competition increasing, huge moneys at stake players are becomeing more selfish and passionate. Both celebrations and sulking are happening in a more physical and wild manner. Poeple want to get attention and are going to any extent to get that. I feel each player needs to be talked to. Use people like Sachin, Dravid to help players behave and perform consistantly.

  • pun_eat on February 28, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Inside Hedge Praveen kumar is no where near a great swing bowler. But he made his way into the indian team by performing on non seaming/swinging wickets of India. Even the steyns and morkels may look abysmal if the seam/swing are subsided. Point here is this guy bowled and bowled and bowled in England to the likes of cook and co. Its his never say no to the captain attitude. Here he is today, who tennis elbow injury recurred. Where is the team he bowled his heart out for and got injured?? He may not survive long in international scene, but one has to give him that he earned his place and kept everything over team. Injury can test your temper. Its up to him how he handles it. He can still play for India in the limited over games and IPL is also there. He should focus on work. + anger and aggression are personality traits which dont come with the bowling speed @Unmesh well said

  • guptahitesh4u on February 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Even CA failed to take care of symonds who was far more talented and dangerous player than P Kumar...board cant do anything unless the player also wants to get changed. same is the case with Ryder

  • AjberTheGangulian on February 28, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    he better control himself coz india have a dozen of his kind

  • ThatsJustCricket on February 28, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Prince Joy on (February 27, 2013, 18:22 GMT) - Whats temper got to do with bowling speed? What a silly comment to make. So, by your logic, spinners would be the gentlest of creatures, coz they never bowl quick, right? Well, wake up and check on Bhajji and Warnie :)

  • InsideHedge on February 27, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Praveen K should count himself fortunate to have played the number of times that he has, those who think he bowled well in England 2011 should remember that he only looked half decent because the rest were abysmal. He's nowhere near as effective as the ignoramus on here like to claim. Once any swing/seam conditions subside, his lack of pace and nous makes him cannon fodder.

    With the bat, he's simply reckless, slogging at every ball.

  • on February 27, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    BCCI is at fault...ECB looks after its players and even CA yet BCCI dont care

  • sonipatX1 on February 27, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    he needs to control his anger....met this guy on flight last december & saw him shouting on the crew without a reason. Being a fan of his...felt really bad!!!!

  • on February 27, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    A guy who can bowl max Upto 125KPH shows anger and aggression which is nothing just a shame .Come on praveen Lets bowl up to 150 KPH then i will salute ur aggression n anger...

  • pun_eat on February 27, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    i remember the number of overs he bowled in england and i just know he can do it till he has last breath . . .and that was overload .. and there we have lost a good genuine swing bowler . .BK is on same lines...bowls 10 overs continuous in ODIs ..if not back to the team ..such players shall always camp with the team who got left out bcause of injuries and are trying to make a come back

  • Batmanindallas on February 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Pravin's issue is he does not want to struggle his way back into the team. One cannot blame him as other have done the same like say Harbhajan who after being dropped has never been out of selectors mind. So poor praveen feels left out

  • peculiarblend on February 27, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Any sport is closely connected with angry players, sports like Cricket is rather mellow compared to others. There needs to be regulation but before that there should be serious consideration for mental rehabilitation. I am zapped by the players' behavior not only on-field locally but on and off the field away as well. BCCI and ICC needs to look at this, especially considering 'Cricket is equivalent to religion scene.

    Why? A) Cricket influences many in India as well other parts of sub-continent individuals. B) Through game ICC can set up an example for other games where players are constantly under immense pressure, it helps them overcome the mental block. I mean mental rehabilitation helps players to fight the blues.

    All and all, a fantastic article by Mr. : Amol Karhadkar and thank you ESPNCricinfo you had me back in your website again with this article.

  • rohan34mca on February 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Absolutely agree with CricketMaan! I remember once he said "If Dhoni asks me to jump off a bridge, I will shut my eyes and do it". These are words of a person with volatile emotions! It is NOT very easy to handle him NEITHER it is difficult. He is ready to DIE for country man without raising questions and at the same time hot to handle.

  • RajeshNaik on February 27, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    He is his own problem. He is not a kid, he is a 26 year old man who loves to pick up fights. And over the last couple of years we have seen that once he loses his cool he loses his bowling as well. Why do we need such short tempered cricketers, who fail to keep their cool on field. And man management is the solution? Never knew man management lets people curb their anger. He is the same man who once deliberately did not bowl well for UP in the 2nd innings of a match after destroying the opposition in the first innings. The reason? UP batsmen too failed in their reply to the opposition's score and Praveen was angry at them. He ha splayed under so many coaches , so many well mannered players and so many captains and still he has not changed. I bet, even after this, he would still remain the same. Unfortunate.

  • CricketMaan on February 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    This is where ECB and CA stand out. They have taken it upon themselves to build teams and players, while with BCCI its the other way. You spot a raw talent and put him on course to play international cricket and as long he is successful BCCI makes merry and when he is wavering dump him for there is always next raw talent avaialble. In a country that has a millon cricketers, there is no need to manage A individual, coz when he is gone, the next in line will take over. PK, Sree and to some extent eccentric Bhajji are victims of BCCI's poor man management skills. I'd even put Kholi in the bracket, but i guess his involvement with RCB and rubbing shoulders with Kumble, Dravid and AB, Vettori has mellowed him down a bit. BCCI is for money and not player management skills, be it mental or physical.

  • CricketMaan on February 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    This is where ECB and CA stand out. They have taken it upon themselves to build teams and players, while with BCCI its the other way. You spot a raw talent and put him on course to play international cricket and as long he is successful BCCI makes merry and when he is wavering dump him for there is always next raw talent avaialble. In a country that has a millon cricketers, there is no need to manage A individual, coz when he is gone, the next in line will take over. PK, Sree and to some extent eccentric Bhajji are victims of BCCI's poor man management skills. I'd even put Kholi in the bracket, but i guess his involvement with RCB and rubbing shoulders with Kumble, Dravid and AB, Vettori has mellowed him down a bit. BCCI is for money and not player management skills, be it mental or physical.

  • RajeshNaik on February 27, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    He is his own problem. He is not a kid, he is a 26 year old man who loves to pick up fights. And over the last couple of years we have seen that once he loses his cool he loses his bowling as well. Why do we need such short tempered cricketers, who fail to keep their cool on field. And man management is the solution? Never knew man management lets people curb their anger. He is the same man who once deliberately did not bowl well for UP in the 2nd innings of a match after destroying the opposition in the first innings. The reason? UP batsmen too failed in their reply to the opposition's score and Praveen was angry at them. He ha splayed under so many coaches , so many well mannered players and so many captains and still he has not changed. I bet, even after this, he would still remain the same. Unfortunate.

  • rohan34mca on February 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Absolutely agree with CricketMaan! I remember once he said "If Dhoni asks me to jump off a bridge, I will shut my eyes and do it". These are words of a person with volatile emotions! It is NOT very easy to handle him NEITHER it is difficult. He is ready to DIE for country man without raising questions and at the same time hot to handle.

  • peculiarblend on February 27, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Any sport is closely connected with angry players, sports like Cricket is rather mellow compared to others. There needs to be regulation but before that there should be serious consideration for mental rehabilitation. I am zapped by the players' behavior not only on-field locally but on and off the field away as well. BCCI and ICC needs to look at this, especially considering 'Cricket is equivalent to religion scene.

    Why? A) Cricket influences many in India as well other parts of sub-continent individuals. B) Through game ICC can set up an example for other games where players are constantly under immense pressure, it helps them overcome the mental block. I mean mental rehabilitation helps players to fight the blues.

    All and all, a fantastic article by Mr. : Amol Karhadkar and thank you ESPNCricinfo you had me back in your website again with this article.

  • Batmanindallas on February 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Pravin's issue is he does not want to struggle his way back into the team. One cannot blame him as other have done the same like say Harbhajan who after being dropped has never been out of selectors mind. So poor praveen feels left out

  • pun_eat on February 27, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    i remember the number of overs he bowled in england and i just know he can do it till he has last breath . . .and that was overload .. and there we have lost a good genuine swing bowler . .BK is on same lines...bowls 10 overs continuous in ODIs ..if not back to the team ..such players shall always camp with the team who got left out bcause of injuries and are trying to make a come back

  • on February 27, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    A guy who can bowl max Upto 125KPH shows anger and aggression which is nothing just a shame .Come on praveen Lets bowl up to 150 KPH then i will salute ur aggression n anger...

  • sonipatX1 on February 27, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    he needs to control his anger....met this guy on flight last december & saw him shouting on the crew without a reason. Being a fan of his...felt really bad!!!!

  • on February 27, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    BCCI is at fault...ECB looks after its players and even CA yet BCCI dont care

  • InsideHedge on February 27, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Praveen K should count himself fortunate to have played the number of times that he has, those who think he bowled well in England 2011 should remember that he only looked half decent because the rest were abysmal. He's nowhere near as effective as the ignoramus on here like to claim. Once any swing/seam conditions subside, his lack of pace and nous makes him cannon fodder.

    With the bat, he's simply reckless, slogging at every ball.