India medium pacer Praveen Kumar is not a happy man after being snubbed by the national selectors, first for the New Zealand series and then for the Irani Cup.
In an interview to the Indian Express, the 25-year-old vented his angst. "I was hoping to get a call for the New Zealand series but that didn't happen. I was a bit disappointed not to find a place in the ROI [Rest of India] side too.”
"At the moment I'm looking forward to the Challenger Trophy [the domestic one-day tournament featuring India's best limited-overs players], as it will be the only competitive cricket for me.
"Sometimes I sit and wonder about why I'm not there in the Indian side. It's frustrating to be sidelined," he added.
Praveen has a history of injuries, and could not play in the Test series Australia last year on account of a chest problem. He recovered to play in the Commonwealth Bank Series, Asia Cup and IPL but failed to impress like he did during the tours of West Indies and England last year.
"I had a good time in the West Indies and England, and then injuries halted my progress. Injury is in nobody's hands," Praveen said.
"When I'm on the field, I always try to give 200 per cent. And when you do that, you can get injured."
Praveen is part of India B in the newly-designed Challenger Trophy, slated to kick off on September 29 in Rajkot. And it’s this tournament he is eagerly waiting for to make his case stronger.