11 May, 2021

Swing And Guile Make A Neat Packet

Left-arm pacer Rajkumar Rex Singh of Manipur and left-arm spinner Sidak Singh’s innings 10 -wicket hauls mark their advent as special talents

Rajkumar Rex Singh
Swing And Guile Make A Neat Packet
outlookindia.com
2018-12-21T10:50:21+05:30

Strangely mystifying are the ways of fast-bowlers—a breed within the breed of cricketers. When Rajkumar Rex Singh doesn’t get to sleep at night, he takes eight wickets in an innings the next day. When he sleeps soundly, he takes all 10! Well, that’s what happened on Octo­ber 5 and December 12, that took the Man­ipuri into the record books, alongside legends Anil Kumble, English off-spinner Jim Laker and his compatriot Sidak Gurvinder Singh.

On October 4, soon after a Vijay Hazare Trophy match concluded against Bihar in Nadiad, Gujarat, Rajkumar, a talented left-arm pacer, took a taxi to reach Baroda, covering 60 kms. From there, he took a flight to New Delhi for an 811-km journey. From Delhi, he took another flight, the long hop to Bhubaneswar (1,743 km). He reached in the morning, and headed to the team hotel, where he nibbled at some breakfast, before leaving for the match against Pondicherry in the under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. He had hardly slept in 24 hours. The “very tired” and jet-lagged 18-year-old made little of such vagaries...

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