I wasn't surprised; I came here to play, says RP Singh
His last minute inclusion in the playing eleven in place of an injured Praveen Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, but India pacer RP Singh has insisted that he was not at all surprised at his selection for the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test against England in London.india Updated: Aug 19, 2011 10:57 IST
His last minute inclusion in the playing eleven in place of an injured Praveen Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, but India pacer RP Singh has insisted that he was not at all surprised at his selection for the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test against England in London.
RP Singh, who was drafted into the Indian squad following pace spearhead Zaheer Khan's injury, hardly played a first class tie over the last few months and it looked during his opening spell on the first day of the match on Thursday.
But the left-arm pacer defended himself by saying that he was not far behind from his form in 2007 when he grabbed 12 wickets from three Tests at 28.92.
"2007 is a long time back. But I've learnt a few more things like how to bring an inswing to a left-hand batsman. I just need a good click," RP Singh said.
"I wasn't surprised at my inclusion. I have been working on my fitness at home. I came here to play and was waiting for my turn," he added.
RP Singh said he was informed of his inclusion in the playing eleven only last morning after Praveen pulled out due to an ankle injury.
"I was told in the morning after warm-up when PK reported he wasn't fully fit. The coach and captain then informed me that I was playing," he said.
During his opening spell of seven overs for 19 runs on Thursday, RP Singh looked far from match fit. He lacked pace and penetration to trouble the in-form England batsmen, but the pacer feels otherwise.
"I played some matches in IPL and a few club matches. Our domestic season lasts from September to March, so yes there weren't many four-day games but I am quite fit for the matches," RP Singh said.
He, however, admitted that returning to Test cricket after a gap of more than three years, he was initially nervous and so struggled against the English opening duo of captain Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.
"I was initially nervous, that's why the first over I bowled here and there but gradually I got my line and length," said the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler, who didn't look a part either in pace or fitness during the rain-marred first day of The Oval match.
With the series already out of their pocket, RP Singh said the visitors would look to win the Oval Test and end the four-Test rubber on a positive note.
"We will aim for win and go all-out. We want to leave a good impact," he said.
First Published: Aug 19, 2011 10:51 IST