Ryan Harris's inclusion will boost Punjab: Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has been in poor form in IPL 2012 AFP

Bangalore: May 1, 2012

Kings XI Punjab seamer Praveen Kumar believes that the addition of Ryan Harris to their side will strengthen their squad in the Indian Premier League 2012.

“It’s a very good thing. He will lend solidity to our bowling and that’s very good for us at this stage of the tournament,” Praveen said.

Praveen is enjoying his role of KXIP pace spearhead, and says that he is happy playing the role of a mentor to the younger players in the squad.

“In my perspective I am the senior player and people believe in that. They think ‘PK should bowl well and he should pick up wickets and not give away runs’. So there is pressure. I should start my spell well and end well,” he said.

“I’m glad to have got this opportunity as a mentor because it teaches me a lot about my bowling and what I need to do as well,” Praveen was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Praveen, who is also the strike bowler for India, is happy with his performance in the ongoing Twenty20 tournament. But his figures suggest otherwise, as he has taken just three wickets from nine matches at an average of 89.66

“I am bowling very calculated spells. Personally, I am very happy with my performance”, he expressed.

He is also optimistic about Punjab s chances in this edition of the tournament. Keeping it simple, he said, “We have seven matches left and we need to win four. There is no other way of looking at it.”

The right-arm seamer expressed hope that their skipper Adam Gilchrist gets fit soon.

“As you must have heard, he is out for three weeks. He is slowing beginning to feel better and he has got some practice in the nets but he probably will not play in the game against Bangalore,” he said.

Talking about his KXIP teammate Parvinder Awana, he said, “He is very new now. He gets flustered when someone hits him for two or three fours so we need to go up to him and comfort him from time to time. He is coming along very well and he has a bright future. I hope he gets on to bigger things in the future.”

KXIP need to win four out of their remaining seven games in the tournament to make it to the playoffs, and Praveen remained upbeat of his side s chances. (PTI)