Star bowler at his amiable best
RP SINGH has troubled some of the best batsmen with his yorkers and on Saturday, he was equally careful and focused on ?home turf?. Singh, an LU student, visited the campus on Saturday where he was felicitated for his outstanding performance on the Pakistan tour. He paused and bowled beauties at every question that came up. While a teacher was lashing out at former LU V-C for denying him admission to BA-I last year, the ?new find? preferred to play in the right spirit.Updated: Feb 26, 2006 00:52 IST
RP SINGH has troubled some of the best batsmen with his yorkers and on Saturday, he was equally careful and focused on ‘home turf’. Singh, an LU student, visited the campus on Saturday where he was felicitated for his outstanding performance on the Pakistan tour. He paused and bowled beauties at every question that came up.
While a teacher was lashing out at former LU V-C for denying him admission to BA-I last year, the ‘new find’ preferred to play in the right spirit. “I myself am to be blame for that since I could not appear in the entrance test,” clarified Singh.
This answer earned him a huge applause both from the students and teachers alike. Also, when the LUSU president criticised the State Government for not rewarding Singh in cash or with land as they had felicitated Mohd Kaif, Singh said: “I’m fortunate and happy that you all assembled in such a large number to wish me good luck for the next series.”
Though, it was overall a happy occasion but occasionally Singh felt little awkward when a student leader announced from the dais that he would bear the expense of his fees as long as he would continue to study here. The V-C too declared that as long this cricketer studied at the LU, no fees would be charged from him. However, Singh remained silent.
Singh batted the mediapersons’ googlies equally well! He ducked the controversial questions. For example, when asked why former Indian skipper was denied a place in the Test squad against England in the home series, he said, “It is upto the selectors to pick the team.”
When asked to point out the reason as to why this Indian team had not done so well in the past, Singh initially tried to avoid the question but when pressed hard, he said: “I’m fairly new to the international cricket scene to answer this question.” But when this question was framed in a positive tone, Singh said:
“Maybe the team is now playing well as a unit and this is the reason that we’re winning consistently.” Talking about the England series, he said: “It will be definitely a tough one as England have won the Ashes.” Elated over the selection of four UP players in the present team, Singh said: “Of late UP boys are doing well. We won the Ranji final and quite a few other matches.
Youngsters like Pyush Chawla have done exceptionally well.”
His message to the aspiring sportspersons was loud and clear. “Nothing comes free. Hard work and better time management holds key,” he said.
Even though he was mobbed by fans he signed autographs for all and posed for photos with patience… even as his vehicle drew away.
First Published: Feb 26, 2006 00:52 IST