Kolkata: Apr 29, 2011
Kings XI Punjab strike bowler Praveen Kumar said all his disappointment of missing the World Cup vanished after India won the showpiece event under MS Dhoni's leadership earlier this month.
Originally named in the Indian squad, Praveen missed the World Cup because of an ankle injury and was replaced by S Sreesanth at the last minute. "It's always a big disappointment to miss out on the World Cup, that's quite obvious. But it did not matter in the end as we won the World Cup. That was the biggest joy, nothing can be greater than winning the World Cup," Praveen said.
"Yes I've come out of that phase for a long time now. Injuries are part and parcel of every sportperson's career. I was at NCA rehab and it helped me a lot. Since most of the matches were in India, it was not a big disappointment. We would catch up on all the matches especially when Bangalore hosted. We used to watch from NCA," he said.
The Kings XI pacer said he is focusing on the ongoing Indian Premier League and a comeback in the Indian Team is the last thing on his mind at present. "The focus is just to play good cricket, that's it. My target is to bowl well, in good line and length with variations.
"Ishant (Sharma) got five wickets on Wednesday while at the same time you tend to concede more than 10 in some matches. This is all about Twenty20. Anything can happen. We don't think much but to bowl line and length," Praveen said.
Praveen said his side's match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday will be a tough contest. "Both are good teams. They have good opening and middle-order batsmen. So it's going to be a tough contest. We are also doing well, our openers are in fine nick. But as a bowler you tend to get hit in Twenty20. It's going to be very competitive."
Asked to about Duncan Fletcher who has been appointed as India coach for a period of two years on Wednesday, Praveen said: "I heard only recently. I saw him only during the England tour. I have no idea (about him)."
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