India fast bowler, Praveen Kumar, on Saturday (October 20th) announced his retirement from all forms of cricket eleven years after making his international debut for the Men in Blue.
However, the 32-year old Praveen Kumar was a part of several memorable victories during the peak of his career.
In 2011, Praveen Kumar rattled England’s batting line-up to secure the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler on the English soil. He also became the 18th Indian cricketer to have his name on the Honours Board of the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Kumar bowled a magnificent spell of five for 106 in the first Test at Lord’s.
Moreover, Praveen Kumar was one of the most prolific wicket-takers in domestic cricket. He took 41 wickets and scored 386 runs for Uttar Pradesh in 2005-06 Ranji Trophy. However, Kumar is most famous for his swing bowling and remained a constant threat to the batsmen over the years. After an impressive stint in the domestic circuit, Praveen got his deserved international call-up in November 2007.
In addition to that, Praveen Kumar will continue playing company cricket for ONGC.
Meanwhile, Praveen had decided to quit all forms of competitive cricket. He feels several youngsters are waiting to play for Uttar Pradesh. Kumar didn’t want their careers to be affected because of him.
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
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s supported me wholeheartedly throughout my cricket career, right from my junior cricket days to the highest level. A day comes for every sportsperson, where you have to say goodbye to the beautiful sport that’s been your life for so many years. Today is the start of a new chapter as I start the next journey of my life. I take this opportunity to thank my family, who stood by and beside me through all the good and bad times. I also want to thank the @bcci._official and the @upcacricket, especially Rajeev Shukla sir, for all the support and giving me the chance to fulfill the greatest desire of my life. And to my teammates I say, I’ll always cherish all the wonderful memories and laughs we shared over the years. Thanks again.”