This will be Praveen Kumar's first season with Sunrisers Hyderabad
This will be Praveen Kumar’s first season with Sunrisers Hyderabad

Praveen Kumar made his One-Day International (ODI) debut back in 2007 and produced some match-winning performance in CB series. He has been one of the most consistent domestic players over the years. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him away from the national side and miss ICC World Cup 2015. Sudatta Mukherjee spoke to the Praveen about Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015, David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and more.

Sudatta Mukherjee (SM): You had a decent domestic season this time. Do you think you can emulate your domestic run in the IPL 2015?

Praveen Kumar (PK): Obviously I can. I have been doing well in domestic cricket. By god s grace, I have never had a bad domestic season till now. I want to carry my domestic cricket performances into IPL and help the team win. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

SM: How is it working with Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Krishnamachari Srikkanth?

PK: I feel good working with them. They are very positive people. They have clear thoughts and are very simple. They are very good human beings. They don t concentrate on negative talks and I make me feel good. I feel very comfortable working with them. IPL 2015 Previews

SM: How has David Warner inspired you? How is he encouraging the team?

PK: He has been sharing his experiences from past matches. He enriches us with his experiences every now and then. I feel good about it. Whatever he feels and thinks he shares with us, whatever we feel and think, we share with him.

SM: You played only three matches in IPL 2014 and you missed the opening match against Chenai Super Kings (CSK). Moreover, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have a very strong bowling line-up. What do you think your chances are of breaking into the playing eleven?

PK: See whenever I get the chance I will give my 100 per cent. I never think on whether I will be picked, for that would depend on team combination. It depends on what the coaches and captain think will suit on that given day. Whenever I get a chance I will do well; I have faith in my game. IPL 2015: CSK, KKR, RCB, KXIP, MI, RR, SRH, DD full team details in IPL 8

SM: You have a decent strike-rate with the bat and you are also a big hitter. Will we get to see more of Praveen Kumar as a batsman?

PK: People will surely get to see my batting. I think I used to bat well when I played for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). I have always tried to bat well. If I get a couple of balls to hit a big shot, it will obviously be nice. I hope you will get to see my batting.

SM: What about playing with David Warner, Trent Boult and Kane Williamson? They had an impressive ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. What inputs you got from them?

PK: I have not got much opportunity to talk to them yet. I have spoken to Kane a couple of times. He is a very positive guy.

SM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar sees you as an inspiration and he is playing with you this year. How do you feel about it?

PK: Bhuvneshwar is very good guy. He is working hard. I hope he progresses well. He is bowling well right now. We have the whole season in front of us. Let s see how things turn out. But, he has been bowling well.

SM: Do you see yourself breaking into the Indian squad any time soon? What about ICC World T20 2016 squad?

PK: Hopefully people will see me in the squad. I am preparing myself for it. I am working hard. I am working out, regularly going to the gym. I am overall training hard. So let s hope things pan out well. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English television show on her laptop. Her Twitter handle is @blackrosegal)