I have to fight my way back to contention again: Nathu Singh
Nathu with his ability to bowl quick earned the spotlight very early in his career.
Published - Mar 8, 2018 7:14 pm | Updated - Mar 8, 2018 7:14 pm
Playing international cricket in India is a dream that millions wake up with but only a handful end up living it. In a country of over a billion people, the road to glory is one of the toughest hardships that a cricketer has to undergo given the amount of talent that the country possesses. However, fast bowling is still a rare talent in India.
A young pacer who got a lot of recognition while playing for Rajasthan in the 2015 Ranji Trophy season was Nathu Singh. His ability to bowl quick consistently around the 145 km/h mark earned him the spotlight. In his debut game for his state team, the youngster managed to take seven wickets against a well known Delhi batting lineup. In the next IPL auction in 2016, Nathu was bought by Mumbai Indians for a whopping 3.2 crore (INR).
Struggled since then
The journey that started on a positive note has been a roller coaster ride since then as injuries continue to halt his path. In a bid to revive his career, the talented young fast bowler is back to where it all started, MRF pace foundation. In his recent chat with Sportstar, Nathu accepted that he was a bit off from his path and maybe that was the reason for his decline.
“Probably, I did not pay as much attention to training, fitness and preparation as much as I was told to do at the MRF. The body was not strong. Consequently, I suffered a stress fracture on the lower back last season,” he said.
An admirer of the Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Nathu began with the tennis ball cricket that certainly has taught him the art of bowling yorkers at some pace which is ably supported by his side-on action. “The arm rotation has to be good to generate pace with the tennis ball and you learn to bowl yorkers,” he added.
Now having got another chance, the Rajasthan fast bowler doesn’t want to leave a stone unturned as he is getting back at things from the scratch. “Senthilnathan sir at the MRF was gracious enough to call me and give me another chance to train here. Then, there is the great Glenn Mcgrath to guide you. I have to fight my way back to contention again,” Nathu added.