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“Frankly, I didn’t expect to go unsold”
After being snubbed during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, pace bowler Praveen Kumar has announced that he has set his sights on representing India at the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Kumar also admitted that he was shocked not to have been bought at the IPL auction.
“Frankly, I didn’t expect to go unsold. I have done well at all levels, be it IPL, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy or international cricket,” Praveen toldTimes of India. “It’s just that my shoulder injury took a long time to heal.
“IPL is a great tournament and it would have given me the opportunity to make a comeback. I was disappointed, but I am prepared to work hard again. I reached this level by working hard and that’s what I need to do again.
“I will go back to the domestic circuit, prove myself again and make a comeback. Last time I missed out playing the World Cup narrowly. There’s still time left for the World Cup and I am keen to be a part of the squad.”
Kumar also revealed that he had fully recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained during last year’s IPL.
“The shoulder is in good shape now. I don’t have any pain and have been bowling well,” he said. “People said I could have opted for surgery a bit earlier, but I followed the advice of the experts at the National Cricket Academy and got it done when they told me to go for it.”
When asked if his host of injuries was a deterrent for the IPL franchises to buy him during the auction, Kumar said: “I don’t know. Only they can answer. Getting selected in any team is not in my hand. What I can do is to work hard again and prove that I am still useful.
“I was keen to play Ranji Trophy this season. I have always enjoyed playing first-class cricket. It gives an opportunity to bowl long spells but unfortunately my surgery happened during the season.”