Indian medium pacer Praveen Kumar has joined Mumbai Indians in place of injured Zaheer Khan for IPL 7. Praveen wasn’t picked in this year’s IPL auctions, but joins the Mumbai squad after Zaheer Khan was ruled out of the rest of the IPL due to shoulder injury.
Praveen, fondly known as PK, last played for India in the lone T20 international against South Africa in 2012. He was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore for first three seasons, before Kings XI Punjab picked him up in 2011. He was the leader of Kings XI bowling attack but injuries resulted in many unwanted breaks for the swing bowler who went unsold in IPL 2014 Auctions.
“IPL is a great tournament and it would have given me the opportunity to make a comeback. I was disappointed, but I am prepared to work hard again,” Praveen had made his disappointment clear after getting the IPL snub earlier this year.
With Lasith Malinga soon to join the national side in UK, and Zaheer Khan injured, the responsibility of Mumbai’s attack is going to lie on the experienced Praveen Kumar.