New Dealhi: New call-up Praveen Kumar got his first taste of life as an Indian cricket icon on Monday - and the experience put him in hospital.
The 21-year-old fainted and fell from an open jeep during a packed parade in the northern Indian town of Meerut staged to celebrate the all-rounder's call-up to the national team.
"It was just jostling and nothing else, I felt dizzy and fell down," the Hindustan Times daily quoted Kumar as saying.
Fans who had caught up with his jeep had wanted to garland Kumar for his achievement, local reports said.
India's domestic news agency quoted police as saying hospital X-rays revealed Kumar had not been injured in the fall.
UP and India A bowling all-rounder Kumar has been named in India's squad for the first two matches of the home one-day series against Pakistan starting on Monday.