VRV Singh retires from all forms of the game
He played 5 Tests and 2 ODIs for India.
Updated - Mar 13, 2019 9:29 pm
Indian pacer VRV Singh has decided to bring curtains down on his injury-plagued career. He made his international debut in an ODI game against England in 2006. VRV Singh featured in a total of two ODIs for India, both against England in the same series in Jamshedpur and Indore.
He even made his Test debut in the same year against the Windies at St. John’s. The pacer went on to play four more matches in the longest format with his last appearance being in the game against Bangladesh in 2007. His career was later plagued with various injuries and lack of form.
The report in Times of India confirmed the news of VRV Singh’s retirement. He last played a first-class game in 2014 for his state team Punjab. He featured for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 2008 and 2010. In the 19 IPL games that he played, Singh picked up 12 wickets at an average of 45 and economy rate of 9.
An incomplete career
When VRV Singh broke onto the big scenes, he exhibited a lot of promise. He bowled quick and was also handy with the bat. He made his first-class debut for Punjab just at the age of 20. However, when he got an opportunity at the highest level, he couldn’t make it count. In 7 international appearances, he could only pick up 8 wickets.
“I kept trying to make a comeback, but if it wasn’t my ankle, it was my back. You cannot fool around with your body. I had surgeries, rehab … after 2014, I didn’t play at all for a few years, but I trained and tried to play in 2018. But I couldn’t make it, so I started thinking about the future,” said VRV as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
He played a total of 33 T20 matches in his career conceding runs at an economy of 7.97 with a lone four-wicket haul to his name.
“It’s not an overnight decision, but once I couldn’t get fit for the 2018-19 season, I thought it made sense to leave. Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) encouraged me a lot, the PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) also backed me, and I gave it my best. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So, I thought it best to retire and think about what to do next,” added the pacer.