Former India swing bowler Praveen Kumar has called time on his professional playing career. The 32-year-old, who last donned the national colours in 2012, revealed that he will only turn out for ONGC in company cricket as he prepares for a career in coaching.
“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,” Praveen told.
The Meerut-born Praveen made 84 international appearances since his debut against Pakistan in 2007. Despite his prodigious abilities to swing the ball, he was restricted to only six Test caps, during which he picked up 27 wickets at a healthy average of 25.81. He enjoyed a successful series of England in 2011 despite India’s abysmal 0-4 scoreline but mysteriously failed to get another game in the India whites.