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Praveen Kumar
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Praveen Kumar

India|bowler
Praveen Kumar

INTL CAREER: 2007 - 2012

Full Name

Praveenkumar Sakat Singh

Born

October 02, 1986, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Age

34y 202d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Praveen Kumar had everything to become a domestic cricket legend: limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive Indian wickets. But he took his limited pace and remarkably smart application of that ability to a higher level. He was India's best bowler during a disastrous Test tour of England in 2011 - his name is on the Lord's honours board - and was remarkably miserly in ODI cricket. Among his best achievements is the match-winning spell he bowled against Australia in the final of the 2007-08 CB Series.

Praveen is from the western part of Uttar Pradesh, which produces, what he called, "strong, tough boys." He was in his late teens when local coach Sanjay Rastogi pulled him into mainstream club cricket and by the time he was 19, he had graduated to playing first-class cricket. Playing party to his quick rise was his ability to swing the ball, for which he was called "jaadugar" [magician] back home in Meerut.

In the 2005-06 Ranji Trophy, which was his first season and also UP's championship season, Praveen was easily the player of the year: 41 wickets and 386 runs, four five-fors, one ten-for, and three half-centuries. Whenever UP were in trouble, they could turn to Praveen, and sure enough something would happen. His consistency - 90 wickets in his first two first-class seasons - got him into reckoning for the national side.

Between 2009 and the end of 2010, he was a key element in India's pace battery, with Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra. He could have been a World Cup winner had he not broken down with injury and missed the 2011 tournament. Fitness issues had interfered with his first-class career as well, but he was a regular fixture for UP in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Ranji seasons and even captained them for four games. Praveen had been part of four IPL teams before he was bought by the new franchise Gujarat Lions in the 2016 auction for INR 3.5 crores.

Praveen is also known for having a bit of a short fuse. He was suspended from the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2013 for using foul language against a batsman. He'd used profane language against fans in the heat of the moment too - a notable incident being at the nets in Australia in 2012, although he said he was driven to such extents because "that guy was going after Rohit [Sharma] non-stop, mother, sister everything." Praveen has since grown wiser and tries to avoid the problems that "do minute ka gussa" [two minutes of anger] can lead to.

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test6111611697275/1067/16925.812.5959.60110
ODI686732422774774/314/3136.025.1342.10300
T20I101015619382/142/1424.127.4219.50000
FC661211415863062678/6810/16023.612.6753.0016171
List A139673053361855/325/3228.844.7536.30420
T20177177369545991433/183/1832.167.4625.80000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test61001494014.9015993.710021520
ODI68331229254*13.9033188.2101257110
T20I1030762.331643.75000010
FC6699521109822.44278475.7901122478120
List A139881514816420.281452101.9906210
T20177863068776*12.26594115.65015231220
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Praveen Kumar took two crucial wickets at the top
Praveen Kumar's appeal is turned down
Gautam Gambhir was dropped by Dwayne Smith off Praveen Kumar in the third over
Praveen Kumar celebrates the early wicket of Gautam Gambhir
Praveen Kumar celebrates after dismissing Manish Pandey
Praveen Kumar conceded just 13 runs in four overs