Born at Laprana village of Shamli district in a Hindu Jat farmer family on 2 July 1986, Praveen Kumar is an Indian cricketer whobowls right-hand medium pace.
He was born in a humble family to a police head constable Mr Sakat Singh Khaiwal and Mrs Murti Devi Khaiwal and he got married to Sapna Choudhary in 2010, who is a national-level Shooting sports player.
He is the owner of a farmhouse in Barnava village and Praveen Restaurant and Wedding Banquet in Meerut located on NH-58 Rohtak Road Crossing. He shot into limelight after his remarkable performances for India Red in 20017 NKP Salve challenger trophy.
Date of Birth:
2 October 1986
Age (as on 2018):
Laparna, Shamli. UP
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Mr. Sakat Singh Khaiwal
Mrs. Murti Devi Khaiwal
20 June 2011 v West Indies
18 November 2007
1 February 2008 v Australia
Uttar Pradesh, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions
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Career Turning Point
His performance for India Red in the NKP Salve Challenger trophy brought him into the notice of Indian selectors.
He took a five-wicket haul against England in the first Test match.
In 2010, he became the 7th bowler in the history of IPL to take a hat-trick against Rajasthan Royals in Bengaluru.
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Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Awards and recognitions
Following his heroic bowling in the Tri-series against Australia, former Indian cricketer Manoj Prabhakar bestowed him the title of ‘Magician’ for his skills of swinging the ball.
In 2008, he faced allegations of thrashing a doctor in Meerut.
In 2011 during the West Indies tour, he was involved in a tussle with a spectator and did the same during the England tour during a tour game against Northants.
Lesser Known Facts
Praveen hails from a humble background. His father was a farmer, but he had interest in cricket since his childhood.
Not hailing from a well-off background, he had to sell his bicycle to arrange for his Puma shoes before going for U-19 trials.
When Praveen Kumar was in 10th standard, he skipped exams before the finals for playing cricket.