The art of swing bowling was once explained by Wasim Akram himself, “If you want to take wickets in international cricket, learn how to swing the ball. Pace alone doesn’t get wickets at this level.”
Swing bowling became a part of the gentlemen game’s adoption, but making the ball do so is a highly skilled art. A certain Praveen Kumar was a one such genuine ‘swing’ bowler who made dangerous opposition batsmen look ordinary with his skill.
This brain child of swing bowling made his debut for his country against Pakistan in Jaipur aged just 21 after a stellar domestic season for Uttar Pradesh. India had by then definitely made giant strides in international cricket, as a new captain MS Dhoni, led a young side against the world’s best.
PK fit into the side as regular medium pacer, but the forthcoming CB series would change his and the Indian cricket team’s destiny. Praveen Kumar has played 68 ODIs and 6 tests so far in his career. Here’s a look at some of his most inspirational performances.
Instant impact in Test Cricket
Praveen Kumar made the Indian test squad in 2011, a juncture at which the side was Numero uno in the world. Unlucky not to make the World Cup squad, Praveen proved his credentials in the IPL, with some splendid bowling, to earn the much awaited test call up.
Praveen made an immediate impact on his debut against the West Indies in Sabina Park, Jamaica to return with figures of 3/38 and 3/42, in a test which proved out to be a tricky one for the Indians. India got their win by 63 runs, but not before moments of individual brilliance from Rahul Dravid and the debutant in Praveen Kumar.