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“13 years ago today, on 4th September 2005 was the first time I donned the Indian jersey. It was the stepping-stone to what would become the most cherished moments of my life,” Singh wrote on his Twitter account.

“Today as I hang my boots and call it a day, I wish to remember and give thanks to each and everyone who made this journey possible,” he said.

His international career spanned six years and the pacer played 82 matches across all three formats and picked up over 100 wickets.

“For someone born in a small village, I never thought I would be able to say this – I have lived my dream. And for that I have nobody else to thank but you. My fans. For believing in me, for criticizing me and for hailing me but mainly for just being there for me. Thank you!,” 32 year old Singh signed off.

Surprised he only played 82 games thought he played more than that.

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4 minutes ago, express bowling said:

Could not stand the trauma of not being called in the middle of the series against England ...  and retired  !   

 

Was expecting it again as he is fatter than last time and vacationing more.    :phehe:

Do you remember his IPL stint with Pune Super Giants in 2017 :phehe:?

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46 minutes ago, speedheat said:

As long as dhoni is there I don't trust this retirement :phehe: he might get called from whichever island he is holidaying, you never  Know :phehe:

 

On serious note, he had potential to do lot more than what he did, wish he had worked on fitness.

Some of his spells in t20 WC 2007 and 2006 pak tour are still my favorites.

Good luck to him.

Perth Test in 2008 in the second innings took 4 wickets if I am not wrong which we won.

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1 hour ago, MechEng said:

@express bowling @Rightarmfast

 

Had so much talent and raw pace...

 

 

 

I have always said that post Srinath, we have always had some good genuine quicks. The rise of Agarkar changed the scene totally. Zaheer, Nehra, Munaf .. Sreesanth and RP. And I have mentioned before that for a few seasons, RP Singh was bowling express, having touched close to 149 on multiple occassion.

People still say that India has started having genuine quicks now. The fact is, we have good quick bowlers since 90's. They were handled poorly. 

Similarly, for RP Singh, A) he was a chamcha of Dhoni, B) he was bowling under the captaincy of DHoni. I believe under Ganguly, he would have blossomed even more. Having said that, RP Singh was a bowler with limited talents. And we can't say he didnt do justice to whatever little talent he had.

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4 hours ago, MechEng said:

@express bowling @Rightarmfast

 

Had so much talent and raw pace...

 

 

 

 

 

Both RP and Sreesanth were bowling upto 147 k to 149 k in a particular year ... perhaps 2007.

 

 

Additionally, RP was a bouncy pacer with a high arm action ... and could swing the ball too.

 

Problem was ... both these guys could not sustaintain these speeds for more than a couple of years.

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I was at Trent bridge in 2007 when him and Zaheer had the England batsmen in knots. He got KP with a Jaffa. Vaughan scored a good century that day.

 

At his best he was a very good bowler. He should have made more of it .

 

For a brief period it looked like he had good pace bowling stocks in that time with him, Sree Santh, Zaheer, Munaf I think even Irfan was still going in ODIs. Didn't last long

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3 hours ago, Rightarmfast said:

 

People still say that India has started having genuine quicks now. The fact is, we have good quick bowlers since 90's. They were handled poorly. 

 

 

Srinath was a genuine fast bowler ... and express for atleast 3 years. He sustained high speeds in almost every spell till 1997 and bowled quickly from 1991 to 2000.

 

We had quite a few fast bowlers in the 2000s decade. But they could not sustain high speeds for more than a couple of years.  

 

From 2011 ...  Umesh and Aaron have been always quick.  Never bowled a spell which is less than fast medium ... while bowling upto 150 k to 152 k for 6 years.

 

From 2015 ...  almost all Indian fast bowler are sustaining high speeds in every format and every spell.

 

This is the biggest difference between our 2000s fast bowlers and our  2010s fast bowlers IMHO.

 

From the information I could gather ... much improved strength and conditioning training has been the biggest factor for this.  Infrastructure at the NCA has improved a lot and lots of good quality trainers and fitness coaches are being used nowadays both for our national team and state teams.

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14 minutes ago, express bowling said:

 

Srinath was a genuine fast bowler ... and express for atleast 3 years. He sustained high speeds in almost every spell till 1997 and bowled quickly from 1991 to 2000.

 

We had quite a few fast bowlers in the 2000s decade. But they could not sustain high speeds for more than a couple of years.  

 

From 2011 ...  Umesh and Aaron have been always quick.  Never bowled a spell which is less than fast medium ... while bowling upto 150 k to 152 k for 6 years.

 

From 2015 ...  almost all Indian fast bowler are sustaining high speeds in every format and every spell.

 

This is the biggest difference between our 2000s fast bowlers and our  2010s fast bowlers IMHO.

 

From the information I could gather ... much improved strength and conditioning training has been the biggest factor for this.  Infrastructure at the NCA has improved a lot and lots of good quality trainers and fitness coaches are being used nowadays both for our national team and state teams.

When I said that the previous set of bowlers were handled poorly, thats what I meant. However, bowlers like Razdan, Salil Ankola, Atul Wassan etc were handled poorly, were not given enough chances. These bowlers had enough pace too. Atleast around 140's. 

 

So, we really cant say whether they would have lost pace after some time or not. 

As far as the bowlers of today maintaining pace, I believe more than anything, its the mindset that affects the pace. The players of today want to bowl fast. The general outlook towards fast bowling has changed and viewers adore genuine quicks, post Shoaib Akhtar. And that is one of the major influencers why we have bowlers maintaining pace. Having better facilities looking after the fast bowlers is the byproduct of this cycle. 

So, I do not subscribe totally to your idea of bowlers maintaining pace due to better support staff. I genuinely believe that the quick bowlers now want to bowl fast ( And you can see them saying the same thing in their interviews, unlike quick bowlers of the past who always spoke about line and length ), and hence they are maintaining pace. 

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Reducing age to play age group cricket was very common in those days.  Everyone used to do this.  My brother played state U19 that way.  One of the boys from our club played for J&K U19 team probably at the age of 24.  He even made it to J&K ranji team, was a WK/bat, played 4 matches for them in 2015.

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Reducing age to play age group cricket was very common in those days.  Everyone used to do this.  My brother played state U19 that way.  One of the boys from our club played for J&K U19 team probably at the age of 24.  He even made it to J&K ranji team, was a WK/bat, played 4 matches for them in 2015.
Do your brother play Cricket now?

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1 hour ago, Laaloo said:

He didn't want to go the extra steps and work harder. Same trait I see in umesh Yadav. Content with what you have. Rp fizzed out. Most pacers apart from bumrah will also fizz out.

cant compare Umesh to RP.  Umesh is still as fit as any even after debuting in 2010, still can bowl fast.  You can say he lacks the bowling nous.  RP did not have any lack of bowling nous, but got complacent, was lazy and did not work on his fitness.

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On 9/4/2018 at 6:20 PM, Cricketics said:

He was brilliant in the 2007 world t20 and during Wngland tour.

 

The ball to Matt Prior in 2006 series in England is one of the best deliveries by any Indian bowler.

 

 

I think you're talking about the inswinger to Vaughan from around the wicket?

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2 hours ago, MechEng said:

I think you're talking about the inswinger to Vaughan from around the wicket?

I am pretty sure it wasn’t Vaughan. He got Vaughan out too bowler but not the same dismissal which I mean as the one to Prior came back in and was just unplayable.  I have full recordings of that series in one of my old laptops as I used to record games then.  and will have to look it up and post it here. Youtube search doesn’t show anything.

 

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