Praveen Kumar retirement: Reactions to a decision “not taken in haste”

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.

His Tweet:

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.

 

Appreciation:

Post-retirement plans:

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.” 

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Praveen Kumar to pursue a career in coaching after retirement

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.