Former Indian pacer Praveen Kumar recently shared his unexpected entry into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. Kumar, who initially preferred Delhi Daredevils due to its proximity to his hometown Meerut, revealed that he unknowingly signed a contract with RCB before the season. In an interview with The Lallantop, Kumar revealed that he faced resistance in joining RCB, citing factors like the distance from his home, language barrier, and food preferences. Shockingly, IPL founder Lalit Modi allegedly threatened to end Kumar’s career when he expressed reluctance to join RCB. In the same discussion, Kumar criticized veteran official Marais Erasmus, labeling him as a ‘pathetic umpire’ with questionable decision-making abilities. Praveen Kumar, who retired in 2018 after going unsold in the IPL auction, remains active in T20 leagues for retired cricketers. Beyond his cricketing anecdotes, Kumar also shared his views on Pakistani cricketers, branding most of them as “liars” and “show-offs.” Recently participating in the Legends League Cricket (LLC) with the Manipal Tigers in 2023, Kumar’s team emerged victorious under the leadership of Harbhajan Singh, defeating the Urbanrisers Hyderabad in the final to claim the championship.