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Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar

Batting Style: Right Handed

DOB: 2nd Oct 1986

Bowling Style: Right-arm medium

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Career Stats
Batting & Fielding
Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
Tests 6 10 0 149 14.9 40 159 93.71 0 0 21 5 2 0
ODIs 68 33 12 292 13.9 54* 331 88.22 0 1 25 7 11 0
T20is 10 3 0 7 2.33 6 16 43.75 0 0 0 0 1 0
First Class 66 99 5 2110 22.45 98 2795 75.49 0 11 224 78 9 0
List A 139 88 15 1481 20.29 64 1452 102 0 6 168 48 21 0
T20s 172 85 29 672 12 76* 574 117.07 0 1 52 30 19 0
Bowling
Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 11 1611 68 697 27 25.81 2.6 59.67 5/106 1 1 0
ODIs 68 67 3242 45 2774 77 36.03 5.13 42.1 4/31 3 0 0
T20is 10 10 156 1 193 8 24.13 7.42 19.5 2/14 0 0 0
First Class 66 121 14158 599 6306 267 23.62 2.67 53.03 8/68 16 17 1
List A 139 138 6730 93 5336 184 29 4.76 36.58 5/32 4 2 0
T20s 172 172 3603 19 4483 140 32.02 7.47 25.74 3/18 0 0 0
Profile

Praveen Kumar is a fast bowler with a difference. He doesn’t have great pace, but has a huge heart, the ability to swing the ball both ways quite prolifically and a huge dollop of street-smartness - factors that made him a domestic legend of sorts, where he was Uttar Pradesh’s one-stop solution for all tricky situations. In his debut first-class season in 2005-06, Praveen was the standout star, picking up 41 wickets and slamming 386 runs. He followed it up with an equally impressive second season, and it wasn’t long before he became a regular in the Indian limited-overs sides. A ten-wicket burst from four games when India beat Australia to win the 2007-08 Commonwealth Bank Series was the turning point, and since then, when fit, Praveen’s name has always figured in the team list. The question was whether he could translate that consistency to Test cricket as well. The answer, ordinarily, would be ‘no’. And so it was till the middle of 2011, when Zaheer Khan and a number of other Indian pacers went into the injury list. First in the Caribbean and then in England, Praveen not only came to the party, but even put up his hand to be counted as the strike bowler of the team. Nothing changed with his bowling, but that same old ability to strike at intervals saw him pick twelve wickets from three Tests in the West Indies and then fifteen from three Tests in England. For Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, he was a stellar performer – primarily with the ball, at times with his lusty hits lower down the order too. And that’s what Kings XI Punjab had in mind when they spent good money to bring him to their fold prior to the 2011 auctions.

Last Updated:20th Sep 2016 Author:Shamya Dasgupta
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