IPL 2014 May 8, 2014

Mumbai Indians sign Praveen Kumar

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Mumbai Indians have signed the right-arm seamer Praveen Kumar as their replacement for the injured Zaheer Khan, who played six games before he was ruled out for the rest of the season because of a side strain (left latissimus dorsi muscle).

Praveen will be available for Mumbai's next game against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.

Praveen went unsold in the auction in February. He was a regular for Kings XI Punjab in the 2013 IPL, taking 12 wickets in 15 matches at an economy rate of 6.62. He picked eight wickets in six games for Uttar Pradesh in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before the IPL. He last played for India in a T20 against South Africa in 2012.

Since his exclusion from the Indian team, Praveen has struggled with fitness and disciplinary issues. He couldn't play a full domestic first-class season in 2012-13 due to injury and his comeback was marred by a suspension, earned by an angry outburst against a player during a Corporate Trophy match in February 2013. Following a full season with Kings XI in 2013, injuries kept him out of the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy.

Praveen, who was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008 to 2010, moved to Kings XI Punjab in 2011.

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  • on May 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    That was a good change for Mumbai Indians

  • on May 9, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Good choice but a player who has not played a lot recently is a gamble.Hopefully he clicks.But there were some better options I would say

  • on May 9, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I am very happy to see praveen kumar in MI....its time to show his talents

  • ArunPrasath_GS on May 9, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Another adament and undiscipilanry member for for MI. Place to get together

  • Xtinguishers on May 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Finally a "Good Decision" by MI.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 9, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    What is PK's current form? What pace does he bowl now? If he bowls at 120, it does not matter whether he swings or not- Smith/ Mac combo will deposit it in the stands. My view is Pankaj Singh would have been a better choice. Imtiaz Ahmed is another option. Both very tall and can bowl at 135-140.

  • Niju_001 on May 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    PK is a good inclusion for MI. They now have a quality swing bowler upfront. If Rohit uses him wisely then they can defend the paltry scores when their batsmen fail. Still their openers need to click, they are heavily relying on Rohit and Pollard at present.

  • on May 9, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Mumbai next time buy SL or B'desh players as foreign players! ausi NZ WI some times flops in Indain conditions

  • on May 9, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Mumbai Indians were missing a quality swing bowler now they have PK. But i was hoping for a good indian batsman ( badri i guess)that will allow mumbai to play with overseas fast bowlers. nevertheless PK is also a great choice. My team for next match against CSK would be. 1. C M Gautam 2. B Dunk 3. A Rayudu 4. R Sharma 5. K Pollard 6. C Anderson 7. A Tare 8. H Singh 9. P Ojha/P Suyal 10. J Bumrah 11. L mallinga

  • xylo on May 9, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Picking up players who are past their prime...why does that not surprise me? given his fitness and temperament issues, even Munaf Patel might have been a better choice.

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    That was a good change for Mumbai Indians

  • on May 9, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Good choice but a player who has not played a lot recently is a gamble.Hopefully he clicks.But there were some better options I would say

  • on May 9, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I am very happy to see praveen kumar in MI....its time to show his talents

  • ArunPrasath_GS on May 9, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Another adament and undiscipilanry member for for MI. Place to get together

  • Xtinguishers on May 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Finally a "Good Decision" by MI.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 9, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    What is PK's current form? What pace does he bowl now? If he bowls at 120, it does not matter whether he swings or not- Smith/ Mac combo will deposit it in the stands. My view is Pankaj Singh would have been a better choice. Imtiaz Ahmed is another option. Both very tall and can bowl at 135-140.

  • Niju_001 on May 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    PK is a good inclusion for MI. They now have a quality swing bowler upfront. If Rohit uses him wisely then they can defend the paltry scores when their batsmen fail. Still their openers need to click, they are heavily relying on Rohit and Pollard at present.

  • on May 9, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Mumbai next time buy SL or B'desh players as foreign players! ausi NZ WI some times flops in Indain conditions

  • on May 9, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Mumbai Indians were missing a quality swing bowler now they have PK. But i was hoping for a good indian batsman ( badri i guess)that will allow mumbai to play with overseas fast bowlers. nevertheless PK is also a great choice. My team for next match against CSK would be. 1. C M Gautam 2. B Dunk 3. A Rayudu 4. R Sharma 5. K Pollard 6. C Anderson 7. A Tare 8. H Singh 9. P Ojha/P Suyal 10. J Bumrah 11. L mallinga

  • xylo on May 9, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Picking up players who are past their prime...why does that not surprise me? given his fitness and temperament issues, even Munaf Patel might have been a better choice.

  • on May 9, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    The only player Kings X1 let slip. Imagine with PK how strong the bowling would have been.

  • class9ryan on May 9, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    He's a smart bowler but it will all depend on Rohit Sharma on his usage. He's extremely good in Powerplays and struggles in death overs due to lack of speed, luckily Mumbai have someone as good as Lasith in their team to counter-balance that.

  • konde007 on May 9, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Praveen kumar is one of the best swing bowler in the world.All the best to MI.

  • on May 8, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    pk is a street smart bowler would be a good addition to mumbai. But mumbai wil miss the experience and expertise of zaheer

  • journeyinmusic on May 8, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    "disciplinary issues" "angry outburst"? Mumbai have got their man...

  • Nimi Buoy on May 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Is it too late in the day for Mumbai?? Why was he not signed at auctions at first place... This is just a damage control mode...Somehow they will have to get Tare injured as well and get Mr Badrinath in the squad as well!!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    It will strengthen their bowling... Finally a Good buy for Mumbai.

  • rsurya on May 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Now Mumbai is more formidable.

  • UnderdogsGalore on May 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Bowlers similar to Praveen Kumar have been extremely successful in this IPL so far. Right arm medium, 130-35 kph speed, can swing and cut the ball both ways like Bhuvneswar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma etc. An extremely wise decision by Mumbai, they generally are not known for that!

  • D-Coach on May 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Good Selection on skill-wise and attitude-wise for MI ;)

  • on May 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Absolutely it's a good signing.... Praveen Kumar can cause problems for batsmen with his swing to both ways .... his aggression also helps him gets wicket.... he is pretty handy with the bat as well ...... he was with Anil kumble in RCB, and have done fair job for them ... hope they do great this time with Mumbai Indians.... #DilSeMumbai

  • on May 8, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    MUMBAI INDIANS added the valuble weapon in their attack. PRAVEEN KUMAR can swing the bowl in both ways and he has the enough experience of how to bowl in I P L because he has played in almost all I P L. So good replacement of ZAHEER KHAN by MUMBAI INDIANS.

  • ultimatewarrior on May 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I think its a very good decision both for Mumbai as well as for Praveen Kumar...both are Wounded Lions...

  • on May 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    A genuine decent guy PK, remember when he toured England few years ago...a gentleman off the field and very passionate on the field.

  • on May 8, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Its like they fire the stove and then run for shopping...

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  • on May 8, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Its like they fire the stove and then run for shopping...

  • on May 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    A genuine decent guy PK, remember when he toured England few years ago...a gentleman off the field and very passionate on the field.

  • ultimatewarrior on May 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I think its a very good decision both for Mumbai as well as for Praveen Kumar...both are Wounded Lions...

  • on May 8, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    MUMBAI INDIANS added the valuble weapon in their attack. PRAVEEN KUMAR can swing the bowl in both ways and he has the enough experience of how to bowl in I P L because he has played in almost all I P L. So good replacement of ZAHEER KHAN by MUMBAI INDIANS.

  • on May 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Absolutely it's a good signing.... Praveen Kumar can cause problems for batsmen with his swing to both ways .... his aggression also helps him gets wicket.... he is pretty handy with the bat as well ...... he was with Anil kumble in RCB, and have done fair job for them ... hope they do great this time with Mumbai Indians.... #DilSeMumbai

  • D-Coach on May 8, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Good Selection on skill-wise and attitude-wise for MI ;)

  • UnderdogsGalore on May 8, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Bowlers similar to Praveen Kumar have been extremely successful in this IPL so far. Right arm medium, 130-35 kph speed, can swing and cut the ball both ways like Bhuvneswar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma etc. An extremely wise decision by Mumbai, they generally are not known for that!

  • rsurya on May 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Now Mumbai is more formidable.

  • on May 8, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    It will strengthen their bowling... Finally a Good buy for Mumbai.

  • Nimi Buoy on May 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Is it too late in the day for Mumbai?? Why was he not signed at auctions at first place... This is just a damage control mode...Somehow they will have to get Tare injured as well and get Mr Badrinath in the squad as well!!!!