Thursday, January 21, 2021

2007 World T20 Hero Announces Retirement!

The former India player announced his retirement on the same day he made his India debut in 2005.

Former India left-arm fast bowler, 32-year old R.P. Singh (Rudra Pratap Singh) has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. R.P. played 14 Tests, 58 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals for India.

He made his international debut for India on 4th September 2005 against Zimbabwe in Harare in a one-day international fixture and played his last international match against England at Cardiff in September 2011. Singh has since been out of favor for Team India as other talented bowlers such as Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav etc. performed well for the team in the given opportunities.

Singh started played domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh and played his first-class debut in 2003-04 season at the age of 18 and picked up 34 wickets in six Ranji Trophy matches before starring for India in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in which he picked up 8 wickets at an average of 24.75.

His ability to generate pace and swing the ball both ways helped him make his debut at the age of 19. He made his Test debut against Pakistan at Faisalabad in January 2006 at the age of 20 and was the player of the match in his debut game for his five wickets in the match. Singh formed a formidable left-arm fast bowling attack for India along with Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra. At one stage India had a pool of so many talented fast bowlers that it was very easy to find a like for like replacement if a player is injured.




R.P. Singh finished his career with 301 first class wickets, 190 List-A wickets and 146 T20 wickets. In international cricket he picked up 40 Test wickets, 69 ODI wickets and 15 T20I wickets, out of which 12 came from the ICC WT20 2007 where he finished joint second in the highest wicket takers’ list along with Stuart Clark and Shahid Afridi.

R.P Singh also played for Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore and most recently for the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in the Indian Premier League. In the 2009 edition of the IPL, Singh finished as the highest wicket taker in the tournament with 23 wickets and played an instrumental role in Deccan Chargers’ victory in the tournament.

In the later stages of his career, R.P. was signed by Gujarat as a professional player and led the Gujarat side to victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015-16 and later played a major role in their Ranji Trophy campaign in the 2016-17 season which they won. The Ranji final at Indore in January 2017 was his last ever competitive match. He was controversially recalled in the Indian Test playing XI for the final Test against England in 2008 when Praveen Kumar was injured. According to R.P., he was in Delhi that time and didn’t have any bowling practice due to rain which resulting in a poor spell against England as he was not match fit at that time. After that he was never selected for team India despite good performances in the domestic circuit. R.P. Singh is a regular Hindi commentator since 2015.

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