Praveen’s dream hangs in balance
As the Indian team management fretted over his injury status, pace bowler Praveen Kumar on Wednesday reportedly met Dr Andrew Wallace, the London-based surgeon at the King Edward VII Hospital.cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2011 00:22 IST
As the Indian team management fretted over his injury status, pace bowler Praveen Kumar on Wednesday reportedly met Dr Andrew Wallace, the London-based surgeon at the King Edward VII Hospital.
With just a fortnight to go for the cricket World Cup, Kumar remains under an injury cloud as he is yet to fully recover from the elbow injury he sustained during practice before the ODI series in South Africa last month.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India officials and selectors are keenly awaiting Wallace's medical report on Kumar's injury status before taking a call on his World Cup participation.
It is learnt that the three selectors, who are in Vishakhapatnam for the Duleep Trophy final, have not been informed by the Board to look out for Kumar's replacement.
If Kumar is ruled out, the BCCI will have to convince the ICC about allowing them a replacement since he was carrying the injury when his selection was done. As a Board insider informed HT, their defence will be that Kumar had picked the injury while participating in the SA series.
Kumar had spent a good amount of time batting and bowling at the nets at Victoria Park Cricket Academy in Meerut on Tuesday morning.
"He didn't show any signs of fatigue or injury during the training and was in his usual touch while batting. He even bowled a few overs in his natural style," said the academy's coach Sanjay Rastogi while talking to HT on Wednesday.
"He (PK) was at the NCA for rehabilitation and was here in the town for a few hours for some personal work," said Rastogi.
His brother Vinay Kumar also said PK was absolutely fit. "He will certainly be a part of the Indian team at the mega event," Vinay said.