Virat Kohli says that his mobile phone was stolen before the Nagpur Test. Only Kohli knows whether this is true or a marketing strategy, but an old anecdote comes to mind in this pretext. Cricketer Praveen Kumar’s thick gold chain also went missing from this city. In 2014, the Indian team’s pacer Praveen Kumar Vijay Hazare came to Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium to play ODI cricket tournament. Then his 25 tola (250 grams) chain was stolen from the dressing room.
15 years ago the price of this chain was said to be 8 lakh rupees. According to the police, when Praveen, who came here to play with the Uttar Pradesh team, had forgotten his chain on the chair itself, when he landed on the field against Rajasthan. After the match, Praveen went from the ground to the hotel, where he remembered his chain. In a hurry, he immediately informed the stadium officials, but by then the chain had disappeared from there.
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The fast bowler from Meerut, who made his international debut in 2007, however, retained his hobby even later and wore the chain again. The former cricketer, who retired in 2018 after an 11-year-long career, posted a photo on Instagram sporting a beard and actually delivering the famous dialogue. He wrote on the photo, ‘Ye dekh maa 50 tola.
Actually, this dialogue is from the 1999 film Vaastav, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, in which Sanjay Dutt, who has become an underworld don, repeats the same dialogue while showing a gold chain to his mother. Known for swing bowling, Praveen Kumar played a total of 6 Tests, 68 ODIs and 10 T20 matches in his international career, in which he took 27, 77 and 8 wickets respectively.
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