Former India seamer Praveen Kumar retires

The former sailor of India and Uttar Pradesh, Praveen Kumar, has withdrawn from all forms of cricket. Known for his ability to balance the ball in both directions and during long spells, the 32-year-old played 84 international games for India between 2007 and 2012, and took 112 windows in all formats.

"I do not regret khela, dil sey bowling daala [I played and bowled with my heart] There are good players waiting on the wings back in UP and I do not want their careers to be affected," Praveen said at Indian Express . " Mein kheloonga toh ek ka jagah jayega [If I play, one spot would go]it is also important to think about the future of other players, my time is over and I have accepted it, I am happy and grateful to God for giving me this opportunity" [19659002] He made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Jaipur in 2007 and soon established himself as one of the key members of India's bowling attack alongside Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra. It was instrumental in the victory for the title of India in the ODI tri-series of Commonwealth Bank in Australia, which also involves Sri Lanka. After firing Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting in successive finals in the first final, he claimed 4 for 46 in the second final to help India defend 258 and seal the series.

"I can not forget the CB series we won in Australia, it was probably the highest point in my career," he said.

Praveen also made some vital contributions in the test cricket although he played only six matches. He was the best candidate of India in his disastrous tour to England in 2011, collecting 15 windows in three Tests, including figures of 5 by 106 that took him to the Lord's honor tables.

He also shone briefly in the T20 cricket, crowned by an IPL triplet for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in 2010.

His highlights in the Ranji Trophy included a career-high 8 in the history of Delhi in the end of January 2008. But it was not enough to win the title for UP. His last competitive match came in January of this year for the UP against Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for 20 years.

Praveen still hoped to be associated with the game and expressed his desire to take up the training.

"I want to be a bowling coach, people know that I have this knowledge, I think it's an area where I can work dil [dedicatedly] I can pass on this experience to young people".


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