By Ashish Shukla
London: Aug 18, 2011
Returning to Test cricket after a gap of more than three years, India medium-pacer RP Singh said he was initially nervous and struggled against England early this morning.
"I was initially nervous, that's why the first over I bowled here and there but gradually I got my line and length," said RP Singh, who bowled seven overs for 19 runs and didn't look a part either in pace or fitness.
RP Singh said he was informed of his inclusion only this morning after Praveen Kumar pulled out due to an ankle injury.
"I was told this morning after warm-up when PK reported he wasn't fully fit. The coach and captain then informed me that I was playing," he said.
RP hardly played a first class tie over the last few months but the Uttar Pradesh medium-pacer said he was fit for the match.
"I played some matches in IPL and a few club matches. Our domestic season lasts from September to March, so yes there weren't many four-day games but I am quite fit for the matches," he said.
The left-arm seamer said he wasn't too surprised at his inclusion and said he was not far behind from his form in 2007 when he grabbed 12 wickets from three Tests at 28.92.
"2007 is a long time back. But I've learnt a few more things like how to bring an inswing to a left-hand batsman. I just need a good click," he said.
"I wasn't surprised at my inclusion. I have been working on my fitness at home. I came here to play and was waiting for my turn."
RP Singh said India would look to win the Oval Test and end the series on a positive note.
"We will aim for win and go all-out. We want to leave a good impact," he said. (PTI)