Praveen Kumar has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket following which he’d would seek a career in coaching. A career which started 13 years back had seen a lot of ups and downs but fans will always remember him for his confidence. ‘The Magician’, as hailed by Manoj Prabhakar, from Meerut won’t play for his Domestic team anymore, or any competitive cricket rather.
To quote him:
“I have no regrets. Dil sey khela, dil sey bowling daala (I played and bowled with my heart). There are good bowlers waiting in the wings back in UP and I don’t want their careers to be affected. Mein kheloonga toh ek ka jagah jayega, (If I play, one spot would go); it’s important to think of other players’ future as well. My time is over and I have accepted it. I’m happy and thankful to god for giving me this chance,” Praveen Kumar told The Indian Express.
However, he would continue playing for ONGC while he has sought to coach for long-term. He won’t be playing any competitive cricket. Kumar has left his spot for several youngsters who are waiting to play for Uttar Pradesh and he didn’t want their careers to be affected because of him. He instead wants to pass on his knowledge as a bowler to the younger generations.
“People tell me that I have this ability to share whatever I know about bowling to others. I want to become a bowling coach.”
“I think it’s an area which I can work dil se, I can pass on this experience to the young ones,” he added.
In his short-lived Test career spanning only 6 matches, Praveen Kumar picked up 27 wickets at 25.81. This included a five-wicket haul at Lord’s obtained during India’s tour of England in 2011. After picking 15 wickets in the first three matches in that series, he wasn’t picked for the 4th. Consequently, that marked the end of his Test career.
The last time this veteran pacer donned the Indian jersey was in 2012, in a T20I match against South Africa.