Worked hard to get in team: RP Singh

MI pacer talks about his return to playing XI and game against KKR

Mumbai 17 May 2012
RP Singh went over the wicket, angled the ball across the right-handed batsman on a good length and took the bail off the off-stump. The batsman was Jacques Kallis and he had to walk back into the hut for a duck. The fact that Kallis, the batsman with watertight technique, was left clueless, says all about the brilliance and the precision of the delivery.

That was a part of the drama that unfolded during RP Singh’s spell of 4-0-33-2. There was also a dropped catch at the boundary – the culprit being Sachin Tendulkar. Then, there was a wicket off a no-ball and even an lbw decision that seemed dodgy, but went in RP Singh’s favour.

The left-arm pacer was dejected after MI’s disappointing loss. But he put on a smile nonetheless, and spoke to about his own performance and that of his team. Despite the loss, RP was confident all is not lost for MI, who can still make the playoffs with a big win in their final league game against the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

What was your reading of the track?

The wicket was good and we bowled pretty well, but couldn’t do it with our batting. We still have a game left and we are placed third on the table.

How’s your bowling rhythm?

It has been good. I wasn’t a part of the team’s combination earlier, so I worked hard in the nets and worked on my fitness and made it to the team. I am improving and getting my rhythm back.

The delivery you bowled to get rid of Kallis was a ripper. Your thoughts.

For a left-arm bowler, the ball I bowled is the best. We always try and hit the off stump, and it paid off for me today.

You can’t say much when Sachin drops a catch on your bowling, can you?

It can happen with anyone. I anyway, don’t react much on the ground.

You took a wicket off a no-ball. Tough luck.

We can’t do much about our luck. All we can do is bowl our best and that is what we are doing.

Where did you think the ball off which Brendon McCullum got out was hitting?

My head is always pointed down in the follow-through, and I thought it was hitting the stumps. I appealed and got him out.

You’re done with all your home games. Now, there’s the last away match coming up against RR.

We have lost a lot of matches at home and have done pretty well away. We plan to win every match and sometimes it works out and sometimes it does not.
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