Simi Singh his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2017 at Malahide has taken nine wickets while in eight T20Is he has had eight scalps to his name.
Simi Singh his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2017 at Malahide has taken nine wickets while in eight T20Is he has had eight scalps to his name.

When one talks about about adding extra bit of variety to one’s bowling arsenal, more often than not the reference is towards a knuckle ball, or any variation of slower ones (for fast bowlers) and maybe the carrom ball or some mystery ball (for spinners).

More recently, Indian off spinner tried his hand at leg spin with a bit of tweak in his regular action, during the IPL. But, how about changing your bowling style completely? From off break to leg spin.

Ireland’s Simi Singh, with 10 ODIs under his belt as an off spinner, is aiming to do exactly that. Singh, 31, made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2017 at Malahide has taken nine wickets while in eight T20Is he has had eight scalps to his name.

But, the Mohali-born Irish all-rounder is currently working to better his leg spin in Mohali. It all started with Ireland coach Graham Ford looking for a wrist spinner in the team similar to how Afghanistan had Rashid Khan ahead of the limited-over series that Afghanistan won 2-1 beating Ireland in Ireland earlier this year.

Singh put his hands up and impressed Ford in the practice session.

“Before the recent limited-over series against the Afghans, our coach, Graham Ford, was looking for a wrist spinner to take on Rashid Khan. I went up to the coach and said: ‘Let me try because I used to bowl leg spin during my junior cricket days.’ I bowled at the practice session and impressed Ford,” Singh to TOI.

The two latest entrants to Test cricket – Ireland and Afghanistan – are also set to play a Test series in March next year at the Rajiv Gandhi International, Dehradun, and Singh hopes that his leg spin could help him get a place in the playing Xi in the longer format.

“But before that, we might have a ‘A’ tour against Sri Lanka. I live in the present. I will use the time to work on my batting and bowling with my childhood coach Sukhwinder Singh Tinku.” added Singh.

Prior to his move it Ireland, Singh played against Virat Kohli in age-group cricket for Punjab and studied at the DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh with India international Yuzvendra Chahal and continues to be good friends with his age-group cricket compatriot and now India international Siddharth Kaul.