VRV Singh
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Pacer VRV Singh has announced his retirement from all formats thus bringing an end to an injury-marred career.

The 34-year-old, a promising fast bowler, made his India debut in an ODI against England in Jamshedpur back in April 2006 and played one more without taking any wicket.

He made his Test debut in the same year, in June, against West Indies at St John’s and played four more of those picking up eight wickets at 53.37.

The Punjab bowler was hoping to resurrect his professional career after being laid low by injuries but a failure to do so last year forced him to rethink about his future.

“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,” VRV told ESPNcricinfo.

VRV’s last first-class match was in January 2014, against Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from that, he also represented Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

“It’s not an overnight decision, but once I couldn’t get fit for the 2018-19 season, I thought it made sense to leave. Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) encouraged me a lot, the PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) also backed me, and I gave it my best. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So I thought it best to retire and think about what to do next,” he said.
VRV has a lot of regrets having lost his ‘golden years to injury’ but at the same time feels lucky to have gotten the chance to play for his country.

“I am lucky, and very happy, that I played for India. Not many players get that opportunity. But, of course, there are a lot of regrets. I did well in the Under-19s. I played for India when I was still young. I had a good start, but yes, when I look back, it was an incomplete career, I lost my golden years to injury. What I had foreseen for myself didn’t happen. I tried, but I guess it wasn’t written in my destiny,” he said.