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Five star Praveen realises his dream

Desk Report: Not often would one find a pacer bowling 40 overs in an innings but Praveen Kumar isn’t complaining after bagging his maiden five-for at the ‘Home of Cricket’.

“It’s a dream to get five wickets at Lord’s. It is very special. I didn’t mind bowling that many overs since I do bowl 30-35 overs in domestic cricket. In Zaheer’s absence, I had to shoulder that responsibility,” stated the right-arm swing bowler who now has 17 wickets in 4 Tests.

Praveen picked up 5 for 106 and kept coming at the batsmen even though there was little support from the other end.

Praveen, who was wicketless on the first day, said he didn’t bowl any differently on Friday though it being an older ball, he did put in more effort.

“I bowled the same as I had on the first day. But since it was an older ball, I did try to put in some extra effort.”

The shy young man, who missed the World Cup due to injury, believes that God has his way of making up for the losses of a human being.

“If you lose somewhere, God makes it up in some other way. I can only work hard and play cricket. I missed the World Cup due to injury but it might have happened with any athlete.”

An issue of concern for Praveen in his short career so far is his tendency to follow through in the danger area on a good length spot. He was barred from bowling by umpire Daryl Harper in Jamaica last month and came close to being warned by umpire Billy Bowden as well at Lord’s.

“I know that it’s an issue. I managed it by bowling close to the wicket or sometimes by going away. I like bowling close to the stumps and could still bowl 70 per cent of my deliveries that way. I came close to being warned but fortunately it didn’t happen,” he said.

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