Around a year ago, a played named Rex Singh was all over the social media for taking ten wickets in a Cooch Behar Trophy. The then 18-year old pacer made everyone fall in love with the swing he extracted with his left-arm bowling. While he is not blessed with extreme speed, he more than make up for it with his ability to swing the ball.
And the youngster once again showed the glimpse of his immense talent by impressing for Manipur again on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy. Against Mizoram, the 19-year-old took eight wickets at the Jadavpur University Ground in Salt Lake on Monday, giving away just 22 runs. Five of the eight batsmen were out for ducks. Rex Singh’s stunning performance Manipur bundle out Mizoram for just 65.
Rex finished the innings with magical figures of 8-4-22-8. With the conditions in Kolkata suitable for pace bowling, Rex Singh made the most of it after Manipur won the toss and invited Mizoram to bat. Later, Rex Singh impressed with thet bat and was unbeaten on 58 off just 66 balls at the end of the day. Manipur, on the other hand, finished the day on 255 for 7.
Here is a clip showing his stunning spell:
WATCH: Manipur's left-arm seamer Rex Singh's eight-wicket haul against Mizoram.
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Rex Singh, meanwhile, broke into India’s U19 squad last year for the series against South Africa U19 after his impressive ten-wicket haul in the Cooch Behar Trophy. In the process, he became the first player from the North East to be selected to an Indian representative side.
Born in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba – around 4.5 kilometres from Imphal – Rex started playing cricket with a tennis ball at the backyard of his home. According to Sportstar, he was initially interested in taekwondo and football. However, his coach Ph Rohendro Singh motivated him to focus on leather-ball cricket.