The left-arm pacer, RP Singh, who was one of those bowlers for India in the mid-2000s who was expected to be the next big thing. He was consistent in clocking the speed of 140 and above that helped him to generate a disheartening bounce for the batsmen.
While having a chat with a media person, Singh shared his off-season routine. He said: "I went home, went to the gym a bit, roamed around with friends, party-share maanayi - yehi key. Thodi but bowling ki. (Partied with friends and bowled a bit). But I focussed more on training. That is the only way to maintain fitness. I should run more, but I'm not a big fan of running. But I go the gym regularly."
RP played his last international match against India in the forgettable England tour of 2011. Even he could only managed to be in the playing XI of an IPL team only four times in the last three seasons. However, on Monday (January 2), playing in the semifinals against Jharkhand, he had been in the prolific form by scoring a quickfire 40 to take his team to a respectable 390, he has also taken some key wickets to reduce Jharkhand to 214 for 5 at Stumps on Day 2.
Speaking about the crucial breakthrough, he said, "Maybe that's his playing style. In four or five-day cricket, very few people play the way he does, but that's his way. At the end, we set him up. I bowled a cutter at the right spot and got the wicket. Sometimes the cutter gets extra bounce also and the batsman gets caught midway."
He further added, "My bowling is simple, I'm doing what I've always done - keep it short of good length and on a good length. I bowl off a short run up more now. I focus on keeping the palm behind the ball to maintain its backspin. If the backspin is maintained it will swing more and bounce more also."
Talking about the pitch, Singh said, "The pitch has become a bit slower. Maybe we could have bowled in better areas. But of course, if you compare it to previous days, as pace bowlers, we'll always feel it has slowed down."
The 31-year old pacer concluded, "I just hit the balls that were in my area. If they were not I concentrated on leaving or defending them. What is overpitched or wide, I will hit? Otherwise, I won't. I hit out more initially because they were bowling at the stumps more. Afterwards they started bowling outside off, so I also left more balls alone."