Former Indian pacer VRV Singh announced his retirement from professional cricket yesterday. The right-arm pacer was one of the brightest prospects early in his career but injuries never allowed him to have a longer run.
In a career that was marred by injuries, VRV played 5 Tests and 2 ODIs.
His Test debut came against West Indies in 2006 while his last Test came next year in 2007. He scalped 8 wickets in the longest format of the game.
He made sudden progress from domestic cricket to the Indian team as he donned the Test cap in less than two years after he made his first-class debut for Punjab in 2004.
In fact, he was called into the ODI team right in 2005. He didn’t play List A cricket after 2008.
Having made his comeback to the first-class format in 2013, VRV performed well in four matches that he played but again, injuries meant his comeback was a short one.
He also played IPL for Kings XI Punjab with his last appearance for them coming back in 2010.
“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,” he told ESPNcricinfo.
VRV Singh played a total of 29 first-class matches in which he scalped 121 wickets.
In 37 List A matches, the 34-year-old has 55 wickets while he grabbed 31 wickets in the shortest format of the game.
The Ranji Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir in 2013/14 season was the last professional match that VRV played in.
VRV also talked about his future plans and told ESPNcricnfo that he is set to take a call on what he will do having retired from the game now.
“Maybe, but I don’t know. I will speak to PCA and see. I have just announced my retirement, I haven’t had time to think about the future yet,” he said.
VRV Singh also played for India U-19 during his junior days and later went onto play for India A as well.
He was also a part of the Test team in 2008 when he replaced Zaheer Khan on the tour of Australia.