2007 ICC World T20 winner RP Singh retires from cricket
RP Singh played 58 ODIs, 14 ODIs and 10 T20Is between 2005 and 2011. @Getty

Continuing the recent trend set by Mohammad Kaif and S Badrinath, former India pace bowler RP Singh has announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket.

Singh, who played 58 ODIs, 14 ODIs and 10 T20Is between 2005 and 2011, posted his decision on Twitter exactly 13 years since he made his India debut in an ODI in Zimbabwe.

“13 years ago today, on 4th September 2005 was the first time I donned the Indian jersey. It was the stepping-stone to what would become the most cherished moments of my life. Today, as I hang my boots and call it a day I wish to remember and give thanks to each and everyone who made this journey possible,” he wrote in an emotional note posted from his official Twitter handle.

“For someone born in a small village, I never thought I would be able to say this – I have lived my dream. And for that I have nobody else to thank but you. My fans. For believing in me. for criticizing me and for hailing me but mainly for just being there for me. Thank you!”

Hailing from Rai Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Singh came up through the ranks of domestic cricket and in 2005 broke into the Indian ODI team for the tour of Zimbabwe. In January 2006 he made played his first Test match in Pakistan – in which he emulated Kapil Dev by being named Man of the Match on debut for taking five wickets in a draw.

He helped India win a Test match in Perth in 2008, in tandem with fellow left-armer Irfan Pathan. Perhaps most famously, however, Singh is remembered for his leading role in India winning the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. He took 12 wickets in six games and was pivotal as South Africa were knocked out to put MS Dhoni’s team into the knockouts.

RP Singh helped India beat hosts South Africa in the 2007 ICC World T20. RP Singh helped India beat hosts South Africa in the 2007 ICC World T20.
RP Singh helped India beat hosts South Africa in the 2007 ICC World T20. @Getty

Singh played his last ODI in the summer of 2011. In 48 ODIs, he claimed 69 wickets with a best of 4/35. In 10 Tests, he took 40 wickets with a best of 5/59 while in T20Is he had 15 wickets with 4/13 his best returns.

For his native Uttar Pradesh, he claimed 183 first-class wickets before shifting to Gujarat in 2015-16. He was a part of the Gujarat team that won the Ranji Trophy in 2016-17, and overall took 35 first-class wickets for his adopted state. Singh’s last competitive cricket game was for Gujarat in the 2017 Ranji Trophy.

He also enjoyed success in the IPL, most famously when he won the Purple Cap for most wickets (23) for Deccan Chargers in 2009 when they won the title in South Africa.