Why did Indian Cricketer Praveen Kumar Retire in his early 30's???
If limited ability and smartness are to come together as a package, one need not go beyond Praveen Kumar. Born on 2nd October, 1986 in Meerut, who exemplifies the typical Indian medium pacer. His 125 kmph bowling should not create any hassles to international class batsmen but his ability to swing even on a road has made him the 'go-to' bowler for India.He has been one of the leading strike bowlers for Uttar Pradesh with 199 wickets from just 44 FC matches.. Praveen has already shown that he has it with him to be the lead force in the future. Off-field issues have dogged him in the past though.
Praveen Kumar got retired in October 2018 from all the forms of cricket which was really painful for the indian fans. His main concern of not being included in the squad was his injury woes which never leave him, ability to control on his anger and emotional issues and also the lack of perfomances forced the selectors to ignore him. He was also charged with initiating a verbal and physical attack on a group of fans during India’s tour of England in 2011.
Praveen Kumar was one of those bowlers from India who could swing the ball, take in the responsibility of bowling some crucial overs and also do some pinch hitting at at the end. But he had quite a few issues:
· He used be injured very regularly. That was one of the reasons he was dropped after the South Africa tour years before.
· In the time he was injured, India found two bowlers who are still India’s leading pacers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. The competition just made things difficult for him.
· He used to leak a lot of runs. Of the 67 innings he bowled in, he gave away more than 50 runs in 17 innings. His economy is around 7.45 in T20’s which is not really healthy for a swing bowler.
· In many occasions, he has returned wicketless after bowling long spells in india as well as in foreign conditions. He has picked 0 wickets in 27 of the 67 innings he bowled in his career.
· He used to swing the ball well, but that came at an expense of his pace. His pace averaged around 120–130 kmph only. And in foreign conditions it was really for the batsmen to pick the line and length of this bowling.
· His route to national spotlight, IPL was marred by few disastrous performances. His IPL performances post 2012 is a clear decline in his performance with the average and economy being worrisome towards the end.
· With a constant decline in his bowling, he couldn’t concentrate much on his batting which ruled out him being a prospective all-rounder.
· And the biggest reason, the man has heavy temper issues.
· He was involved in a street fight with a doctor in Meerut in 2008.
· He was involved in a fight with the spectators in Port of Spain during India's tour to the West Indies in 2011.
· In a local game, Praveen Kumar had reportedly made an insulting gesture and even used “violent physical contact” against Ajitesh Argal. The words used by him can’t be written on this platform. The match referee Dhananjay stated, that Praveen was "not in a mental state" to play the game.
· He has had on field altercations with David Warner and a few umpires too.
· He had issues with the coach of UP Ranji team, Venkatesh Prasad who was not happy with his indiscipline.
All these issues, specially his temper tantrums have hurt his career and his selection in the Indian team. And probably, he’ll never be seen again in the blue jersey which resulted him to take retirement from all the forms of cricket.