Author: Abhishek Rajan
In a shocking revelation made earlier today, the former Indian medium pacer Praveen Kumar said that he was not too far away from ending his own life two months ago.
The Indian pacer was an established member of the Indian cricket team at one point of time, but injuries and loss of form brought his career to a premature end.
At 33 years of age, when some of the international cricketers happen to be at the peak of their powers, Praveen doesn’t even have an IPL contract. The last time Praveen featured in an international match was in March 2012 against South Africa, while the last time he played in the IPL was in 2017.
The Indian was struggling to take his rapid downfall into his stride and the underlying frustration grew to such an extent that he decided enough was enough. He had a gun beside him as he was driving on the Haridwar highway one day and the thoughts in the head were extremely negative.
According to the pacer, he was so frustrated that day that he could have easily pulled the trigger on himself, but then he thought about his kids, which made him change his mind.
Praveen said if he had done what he was about to do, it would have made life hell for his kids and he didn’t want that because they were not at fault in any way for what had happened to his career.
“I told myself, ‘Kya hai yeh sab? Bas khatam karte hain (What’s all this? Let me just end it)’” Praveen was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“Then I realised I can’t do this to my phool-jaise bachche (innocent children), put them through this hell. I turned back.” Praveen added.
While Praveen was more of a white ball bowler, he has a decent record for Indian in Test cricket as well. He took 27 wickets in 6 Test matches and 77 wickets in 68 One Day Internationals while playing for India.
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