Praveen thrilled with MoM award
It was Praveen Kumar’s turn to explain how over the moon he was after his biggest day in international cricket and the Man of the Match on Tuesday appeared pretty unfazed.cricket Updated: Feb 27, 2008 01:42 IST
He tries to be as serious as possible while talking to reporters, but can’t help breaking into the odd laugh or glancing back when his Uttar Pradesh teammates Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla keep taunting him from behind the door of the passage separating players from those from the media.
It was Praveen Kumar’s turn to explain how over the moon he was after his biggest day in international cricket and the Man of the Match on Tuesday appeared pretty unfazed, probably because the two mentioned earlier were taunting him, asking sarcastically what exactly he was trying to say.
“I didn’t get wickets in my first two ODIs (against Pakistan last year and against Sri Lanka in Brisbane last week), but wasn’t disappointed with the way I had bowled. Keeping the ball in the right area is what I can do, because getting wickets is not something I control. I just told myself to do that. Very happy that I got a few today.”
He said his only experience of bowling with a Kookaburra ball was in the Deodhar Trophy and he knew that it wouldn’t swing as much as he gets an SG ball to.
“So it was a question of bowling to a particular line and length and I'm happy to have done that. The first wicket (Kumar Sangakkara) gave me the biggest kick.”
Family savours success
Meerut: There were celebrations and dancing to the beats of drums on the streets here after local boy Praveen’s heroics in Hobart on Tuesday, reports S Raju.
Father Shakat Singh, a constable in Singhavli police station of Baghpat expressed his desire to see his son play more matches. Praveen hails from an ordinary family of Multan Nagar locality of this walled city here. The family was inundated with congratulatory calls from relatives and friends.
Praveen’s mother Murti Devi and Bhabhi who had gone out of the town to attend a wedding rushed back to share the happiest moments of their life.
“Hopefully, they would join us by the evening,” said Shakat Singh who danced on the beats of drums with his elder son and other family members and friends. “TV scrolls were displaying Munaf Patel’s name in the possible list of 11 players and till Monday night we had no idea that Praveen would be given another chance,” said Vijay Kumar, Praveen’s cousin.
Shakat recalled how Praveen had passion for cricket since childhood. Once Praveen bunked school to play a cricket match. When his father came to know about this he asked his wife not to serve him meal at night.