Rohit Sharma shared an emotional message for his pal and former India teammate Praveen Kumar who recently retired from the game.
Praveen Kumar brought down curtains on his cricket career a couple of days ago. Fondly called ‘jaadugar (magician)’ for his ability to generate big swing, Kumar was an important part of several memorable victories.
Kumar first shot to limelight in the 2005-06 Ranji Trophy which was his first season. He helped UP win the title by picking up 41 wickets and scoring 386 runs. He took fur five-fors, one ten-for in addition to scoring three half-centuries. In his first two first-class seasons, he picked up 90 wickets which paved the way for him to break into the national side.
In 2007, he made his ODI debut against Pakistan. But it was his performance a few months later in Australia that transformed his career. He starred in the tri-nation Commonwealth Bank Series in 2008 in Australia. The right-arm pacer played an important role in the Indian triumph. He became an overnight star after his excellent spell in the second final at Brisbane. Playing just his fourth ODI, Kumar put in a superb performance with the ball. He ended the game with figures of 4/46 that helped India restrict the world champions to just 249 and register their first ever tri-series win in Australia.
He missed the 2011 World Cup with an injury. Just a couple of months after the World Cup heartbreak, he made his Test debut against West Indies cricket team at Kingston in June 2011. Kumar then impressed during the tour of England. Kumar put his name on the Lord’s honours board with a five-wicket haul. He played three Tests in England and despite not playing the fourth Test, he still ended as India’s highest wicket-taker in the series.
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And just like Kumar, Rohit had also impressed in the 2008 CB Series. Rohit played a pivotal hand in the first final of the tri-series against Australia, as his knock of 66 provided able support to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who guided India to victory with an unbeaten knock of 117.
Rohit recalled that famous series to pay tribute to his former teammate. He took to Twitter to post a heartfelt message for Kumar, writing:
“We almost started at the same time playing for the country, lots of fun, laugh and good cricket. I cannot forget his spell in CB series 2nd final, it was magical. To a brother, friend and a team mate have a good retirement buddy @praveenkumar”
We almost started at the same time playing for the country, lots of fun, laugh and good cricket. I cannot forget his spell in CB series 2nd final, it was magical. To a brother, friend and a team mate have a good retirement buddy @praveenkumar pic.twitter.com/3WzKvar4mQ
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 22, 2018