Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Team India pacer and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star Praveen Kumar has recently disclosed a stunning revelation about the inaugural season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

In a recent interview, Praveen revealed how his unwillingness to join RCB and his preference for Delhi Daredevils (DD) led to an extreme reaction from IPL founder Lalit Modi.

As per the former pacer, he initially aimed to play for DD, given its proximity to his hometown of Meerut. However, a twist of fate occurred when an RCB official handed him what he thought was a routine paper. Unbeknownst to Kumar, this innocent-looking document turned out to be a binding contract with RCB.

“I did not want to play for RCB because Bangalore was quite far away from my place, I didn’t know English, and the food was not to my liking. Delhi is quite close to Meerut, which would have allowed me to travel to my home once in a while,” said Praveen.

“However, there was a person who made me sign a paper. I did not know it was the contract. I told them I wanted to play for Delhi and not Bangalore. Lalit Modi called me and threatened to end my career,” he added.