IPL 2014 May 8, 2014

Mumbai Indians sign Praveen Kumar

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    That was a good change for Mumbai Indians

  • Dummy4 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

  • Android on May 9, 2014, 10:41 GMT

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

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

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

  • Pallav on May 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Finally a "Good Decision" by MI.

  • Siva 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.

  • Nishad 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Vikram 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.

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