India news March 18, 2013

'I have learnt how to control my anger' - Praveen

ESPNcricinfo staff

Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, has expressed regret and guilt over the episode that resulted in him being suspended by the BCCI for all matches run by the board. That suspension was revoked by the BCCI earlier this month after Praveen was given a stern warning.

"It was wrong on my part," Praveen told PTI. "The episode should not have happened. I regret it now."

Praveen had breached the the players' code of conduct in a Corporate Trophy match on February 4. Representing ONGC, Praveen had hurled abuses an opposition batsman, Ajitesh Argal, from Income Tax, which was followed by a suspension on February 10, a show cause-notice issued by the board, and a 100% penalty of his match fees.

"I have learnt how to control my anger," he said. "I need to be cautious while expressing my emotions on the field. It happens sometimes when things do not go your way. I have moved on from that incident as it's history for me now. It won't happen again."

Praveen said some of his Uttar Pradesh team-mates help him out from time to time. "I have with me four-five Uttar Pradesh team-mates who always advise me on what is right or wrong for me," he said. "Sudeep Tyagi, Tanmay Srivastava and Suresh Raina create a homely environment for me and their advice has always helped me a lot."

After the suspension was revoked, Praveen represented Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final in which he took 2 for 28 in seven overs, but in a losing cause. He is currently playing the domestic T20 tournament - the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - for Uttar Pradesh and picked up 3 for 22 against Railways on Sunday.

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  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    if he had got as many chances ishant got i am sure he would had a great record at this stage. He is very skillful bowler. He can make up his pace with swing. But now India already have another bowler of his mould(b.kumar) so it will be very difficult for him to make comeback.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Both Kumars will be handy in SA conditions. Praveen has proved himself in helpful condition and was the best when we last toured England.

  • Aditya on March 19, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Instead of learning to control or suppress his anger, PK could do well to learn to translate it into bowling faster and better. Absolutely no point in having an impish medium pacer.

  • John on March 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    He is a very good bowler and India need his services when they tour South Africa later this year. We hope everything goes well with him.

  • GAURAV on March 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Don't worry mate, it happens. Be fit for South African tour. Would like to see you with Bhuvi and Umsesh yadav swinging away the south africans and a telling win.

  • Anirudha on March 18, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Too little too late.... Bhuvi Kumar has already sealed the spot of medium pace swing bowler....Cant have two medium paced Kumars in the team.

    Moral : When on the top, dont snooze. You can lose.

  • thomas on March 18, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    He is a good bowler-I am sure he will be as good as Ishant forever sharma

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