5 Indian pacers who faded away too soon

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India, as a cricketing nation, hasn’t been known for too much firepower in the bowling department over the years. The batting stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid have always been the faces of Indian cricket and very seldom has a pacer been at the helm.

It’s only very recently India have witnessed strength in the pace department, otherwise historically, they have been heavily reliant on the spinners. Barring a few fast bowlers like Zaheer Khan, Javagal Sreenath and Ajit Agarkar, not many had pretty long careers. Every now and then, a few quality pacers showed up and grabbed the attention but they failed to last long.

Here are 5 such pacers who didn’t have long international careers

#1 Praveen Kumar

A gentle medium pace bowler who had a mastery in swinging the ball both ways, Praveen Kumar started with a bang in international cricket. In the Commonwealth Bank series down under, he played a pivotal role in India’s triumph and caused troubles to the Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting.

He was the frontline seamer for India in the ODIs for a while but injuries cut short a pretty promising career. Even today, he is just 30-years old but long gone from the international arena. He last played an international game in 2012 against South Africa in a T20I.

Kumar’s international stats:

Format Matches Innings Wickets BBI Economy Average Strike Rate 5W
Test 6 11 27 106/5 2.6 25.81 59.67 1
ODI 68 67 77 31/4 5.13 36.03 42.1 0
T20I 10 10 8 14/2 7.42 24.12 19.5 0


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