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Praveen replaces Zaheer

Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai Indians have roped in Uttar Pradesh swing bowler Praveen Kumar as the replacement for the injured Zaheer Khan, for the remainder of their IPL VII campaign.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma tweeted Praveen’s picture in the team’s jersey and wrote: “Welcome mate good to have you!!!”

A team official also confirmed the development and said the India discard joined the team on Thursday and practised at the nets. Praveen remained unsold at the players’ auction held earlier this year.

Zaheer had been ruled out of the tournament following suffering a severe side strain after bowling just three deliveries of his final over in Mumbai Indians’ game against the Kings XI Punjab on May 3.