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Praveen, who led the Test attack as recently as during India's tour of England, has subsequently endured a horror run with injuries (to his ankle, elbow and rib), missing tours of Australia and several other limited overs engagements too. On Friday, Praveen watched his Uttar Pradesh mates train at the Bhamashah Stadium in his hometown Meerut, but took no part in the Group B game which started on Saturday. Praveen played the first game against Delhi at Ghaziabad yet the signs were not good when he bowled just four overs in the second innings. A recurrence of a previous injury, similar to the tennis elbow which kept him out of India's World Cup-winning squad, cut short his involvement.
His Uttar Pradesh teammate RP Singh was at the pre-season camp in Kanpur but did not feature in the first two rounds of the Ranji Trophy, still undergoing rehabilitation for a right-knee injury. Singh had a forgettable return to Test cricket and went wicket-less when he had replaced an injured Praveen at the Oval. Like in the case of Singh, the Oval Test was Sreesanth's last. Since then he has largely been undergoing rehabilitation for a toe injury. The 29-year-old medium-pacer is yet to play a first class game this season.
Pathan's comeback to international cricket in ODIs and T20s was going well till he injured his knee playing for Baroda against Karnataka in the first round of the Ranji Trophy. Pathan missed both of Baroda's matches after that, including the current one against Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and is likely to miss at least another two rounds.
Uttar Pradesh are hoping to field both Praveen and RP Singh in their next game versus Baroda, hoping the 10-day break between rounds will give the team management time to plan their comebacks.
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