Veteran Indian pacer, Praveen Kumar announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket. Although it’s been 6 years since he last donned the national team jersey, Kumar took up responsibilities of his state team and acted as a mentor to the youngsters. He also captained the Uttar Pradesh side in some of the game during 2014-16.
Kumar played the last of his first-class game, for UP, in October 2017. He thus finishes his career with 267 wickets at an average of 23.61 in 66 matches. Kumar has represented several teams, namely KXIP, SRH, Gujarat Lions and RCB in the IPL. His IPL career also includes a hat-trick which he had claimed during the 2010 season while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was the sixth player to do so.
“My time is over and I accept it,” says former Indian cricketer Praveen Kumar. He regarded Cricket as his “first love” in his tweet, after announcing retirement.
I have decided to retire from cricket. The decision is not taken in haste, I gave a thought over it and I felt it was a right time to say goodbye to the sport which gave me so much. I want to thank my family, BCCI, UPCA, Rajeev (Shukla) sir for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams,” he added.
its been a great jounery.
Its been a great life.
With a heavy heart I want to say gud bye to my 1st love #CricketMeriJaan
But the test cap no 268 nd ODI 170 will be mine till indian cricket era will continue… Thankyou @BCCI nd @UPCACricket for helping me to live up my dream.🇮🇳
— praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) October 20, 2018
Tweets from former teammates from associates:
Indian players, both former and current, are all over Twitter wishing Virender Sehwag aka Viru in their own style. Meanwhile, Kumar’s retirement news has also enough attention and tweets from popular Indian cricketers.
Here is to a new beginning brother! I feel privileged to have shared some amazing moments together during your tremendous cricketing journey. Heartfelt wishes for all the success ahead and a joyful life! @praveenkumar https://t.co/TzcWjkZsax
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 20, 2018
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 20, 2018
Wishing you well Raka! You will always remain one of the best finds for Indian cricket. Have a great life post retirement brother. Enjoy your half and full shirts. @praveenkumar https://t.co/kPC4S19KAY
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 20, 2018
There are just a few of his kind…genuine swing bowler with new ball…crafty in death overs. Opened for India A as hard hitting batsman, and useful lower order as well. And now….a really special television expert. Good luck for second innings @praveenkumar @Wahcricketlive https://t.co/8zPN1x7LPl
— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) October 20, 2018
Following his retirement, Praveen Kumar would continue playing for ONGC seek a career in coaching bowlers. In his interaction with The Indian Express, he said, “People tell me that I have this ability to share whatever I know about bowling to others. I want to become a bowling coach.”