Pankaj Singh, who featured in 2 Tests and only ODI for India, on Saturday, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The pacer who was born in Uttar Pradesh but played domestic cricket for Rajasthan made his international debut in 2010 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Harare during a tri-series tournament. He returned with figures of 0/45 in 7 overs. Sadly he never played in the blue colours again.
He did make his international return after four years – this time making his Test debut on the tour of England in 2014. However, those two Tests at The Rose Bowl and Old Trafford weren’t ideal too. In his debut Test innings, Pankaj Singh went wicketless while toiling for 37 overs and conceded 146 runs.
In the second Test, he returned with figures of 2/113 in 28 overs; he was dropped then and was never picked since.
Pankaj Singh also featured in the IPL. He represented Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals from 2008 to 2012. The right-arm seamer picked 11 wickets in 17 sporadic appearances.
Pankaj Singh – a domestic stalwart
While his international and IPL career may not attract many eyes, he has been terrific in domestic cricket. Pankaj Singh made his first-class debut in 2004. By 2006 he became Rajasthan’s premier pacer, taking the team to the final of the Ranji Plate league, with 21 wickets at 20.95. In 2007, he was part of India A’s twin tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya, and a total of 18 wickets in the unofficial Tests and ODIs in Kenya earned him a spot for the home series against South Africa A.
He was among the top wicket-takers in the Ranji Trophy between 2009 and 2014 and also produced match-winning efforts for Rajasthan during their title wins in 2010 and 2011. The 36-year-old now has called quit on his time with 472 FC wickets in his bag at 23.76 apiece; he also snapped 118 List-A wickets at 26.99.
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