Left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, who has replaced an unfit Zaheer Khan for the rest of the England tour, has said that he will not disappoint the selectors, who have put faith in him.
“Ever since Zaheer bhai walked out of the Lord’s Test holding his hamstring, I was optimistic about my chances of making it to the Indian team.
“I know I have been away from international cricket for some time now, but I have been maintaining my fitness and bowling a lot in the nets. I can vouch, I am match fit and will not disappoint the selectors,” RP Singh said.
RP Singh was part of the Indian team that beat England 1-0 in 2007. He was the third highest wicket taker in Tests with 12 wickets at an average of 29.91, behind Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan.
“We won that series 1-0, and I enjoyed bowling on English wickets. I would love to repeat my feat on English soil,” he was quoted as saying.
In 2008, after failing to make an impact in Chennai and Motera against South Africa, he was dropped for the Kanpur Test and thereafter ousted from the Indian team altogether.
“Being dropped was painful, but I knew I had lost my rhythm and swing. Before this season, though, I started practicing with synthetic and wet tennis balls and that has helped me immensely,” RP Singh said.
“I know that I will do well in England because the conditions suit my style of bowling.