Former India pacer VRV Singh has brought down curtains on his cricket career. In a career that was marred by injuries, Singh represented India in just five Tests last decade. He also played a couple of ODIs but failed to impress there too. The right-arm pacer made his international debut during the Jamshedpur ODI against England and debuted in Test in June in West Indies. However, seven international games and eight wickets later, he was dropped from the Indian team and never returned again. His last appearance for India came during the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh.
In the last few years, the 34-year old was not playing regularly in domestic cricket either. In fact, his last competitive game was in 2014 for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. In his last appearance which was against Jammu and Kashmir, he picked up 7 wickets in the game to take his first-class tally up to 121 wickets from 29 games. But the injury curse struck again and sidelined him again.
Explaining his decision about the sudden retirement, Singh said how much he struggled to remain fit. He also said that he tried making a comeback last year but his body did not allow him.
“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,” Singh told ESPNcricinfo.
Singh further revealed that the decision to retire was not taken in a haste, stating how Yuvraj Singh and the state board motivated him before he decided to call it quits.
“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,” he explained.
Apart from playing 29 First-Class games, Singh also played 37 List A games, picking up 55 wickets. Singh, who also played for Kings XI Punjab in IPL, picked up 31 wickets in 33 T20s.