Former India seamer Praveen Kumar has announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket. The Uttar Pradesh (UP) bowler will only play corporate cricket for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) post his retirement.
The 32-year-old played six Tests, 68 ODIs and 10 T20s for India over the course of his career since making his international debut in 2007. Kumar’s last appearance for India came all the way back in 2012 in a T20 clash against South Africa.
“I have decided to retire from cricket. The decision is not taken in haste, I 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,” the seamer told Indian Express.
“I have no regrets. 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.
“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,” he added.
When on song, Kumar was capable of swinging the ball both ways at will. His six Tests for India yielded 27 wickets while his 68 ODIs fetched 77.
Having ended his playing career, Kumar now intends to venture towards become a bowling coach.
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