Wanted to shoot myself: Former India bowler Praveen Kumar has revealed that once he wanted to end his life by shooting himself as he has been suffering from depression and loneliness. Kumar made these comments in an interview with The Indian Express.
The former right-handed bowler said that in order to get rid of depression, he had made his mind to pull the trigger of his revolver but he did not go ahead on seeing a photograph of his children. Kumar went on to say that people in India do not understand what depression is.
Kumar, who is known for his swing ability, also said that he is partially blind and faced problems while playing slowers and bouncers. According to the Uttar Pradesh cricketer, his right eye was hit by a ball, rendering it partially blind.
The 33-year-old bowler made international debut in 2007 against Pakistan in the 50-over format. He has played 68 ODI games, claiming 77 wickets. Kumar also played six Tests and 10 T20Is, taking 27 and eight wickets, respectively.
He made his Test debut against West Indies at Sabina Park in 2011. He picked up six wickets in the game that India won by 63 runs. Despite bowling superbly in red-ball games, he could not represent India for long.
He featured in the national Test side for just a couple of months. Overall, he played for four and a half years. Recently, Kumar made the headlines after his neighbour alleged the cricketer of beating him and his seven-year-old son.
Meanwhile, though he no longer represents the India team as he announced his retirement from the international cricket in 2018 after remaining out of the national team for several years, he emphasized that he wanted to continue his involvement in the game as a coach.