India A in West Indies 2012 May 26, 2012

Injured RP Singh out of A tour to West Indies

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RP Singh, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the A tour to the West Indies next month after injuring his right knee. He has been replaced by the Delhi right-arm seamer Parvinder Awana, who was impressive for Kings XI Punjab during the current edition of the IPL.

RP, who last played for India during the tour of England in 2011, took ten wickets in 11 games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Awana impressed with his pace and control, leading Kings XI wicket charts with 17 wickets in 11 games, with a best of 4 for 34. He has claimed 110 first-class wickets from 32 matches in his career at an average of just under 30. He was expecting a call-up to the A squad when it was announced last month, but took the disappointment in his stride.

Awana said he was happy his recent performances were being recognised.

"I am very happy. All the hard work that I have put in and the wickets I have taken has come good today," Awana told ESPNcricinfo. "I would credit both the IPL and first-class cricket. The IPL got me noticed and all my first-class experience helped me do well in the IPL."

India A play three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty20s on the tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

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  • on May 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Dhawan Kulkarni, MAndeep Singh, Rayudu, Naman Ohja, Bisla, Gurkereet, Nadeem... these guys couldn't find a place?!?!?! IS there actually a selection panel?!?!?! I can't believe there are still persisting with SAHA... :))))

  • on May 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    ....india have any fast bowler ......which can bowl 150kph...

  • satish619chandar on May 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    He gets what he deserved.. Was very good in IPL and wish he plays well and adds more to his reputation.. Good luck Mr.Awana..

  • sony_sr on May 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer... I also wish to see praveen developing into a world class swing bowler. But even after 5 years of playing international cricket I couldn't see any improvement in him. And am sure he will keep performing at the same level for another 10 years if given chances. But you will never hear any teams losing sleep over his presence in the opposition team. I know its a bit harsh on him, but it depends on whether you are satisfied with average bowlers (avg at international level not domestic) or want to keep searching for players who have the potential to become international quality bowlers.

  • on May 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    shahbaz nadeem most deservng plyer .....in this ipl but he is not in the india a TEAM...i dont knw y ??????

  • aravabalaji on May 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Poetic justice, isn't it! This guy from the rural background has been very consistent in this Ranji season. He needs to be nurtured.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 27, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @sony_sr what wrong did praveen kumar do to be dumped?Just because he bowled horribly in death overs of few oneday matches it does not overshadow the fact that he is the BEST SWING BOWLER in India . If you think he cannot win test matches, recollect his performances in west indies and england . Many people seem to think medium pacers cant succeed in test cricket. Even Ian Chappell advocates the need of a genuine swing bowler like Praveen because he can test batsman's technique with some nibbling movement. Learn to put your views into perspective before comparing performances in different formats. And by the way praveen runs through sides in indian conditions on flat tracks.

  • sony_sr on May 27, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Awana deserved it in the first place itself ahead of RP.

    I hope our selectors don't invest any more time on nehra, munaf, sreeshanth, vinay kumar, praveen kumar, rp singh and mithun. I may seem a bit harsh on vinay and praveen, but the fact is these guys will always produce average performance and once in a while a good performance, but can never grow into world class bowlers who can win test matches on their own. Sreeshanth is an exception as he has genuene talant but a waste of time investing on him as he is the best case of wasted talent.

    Lets have zaheer play in tests alone till his fitness allow (maximum 1-2 more years I think). I hope umesh, varun, awana and ishant sharma will form the nucleas of indian pace bowling attack in the coming years. Am keen to watch the improvement of a few other bowlers like shami ahmed, dhawal kulkarni, ashok dinda, pankaj singh, abu nechim and rahul shukla. dhawal kulkarni was very impressive in this ipl.

  • on May 27, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    GREAT GREAT News !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AyrtonS on May 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    These guys are all T20 tigers, however when it comes to test cricket they have no stamina what so ever.

    They are nothing but a set of useless lash and dash players.

  • on May 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Dhawan Kulkarni, MAndeep Singh, Rayudu, Naman Ohja, Bisla, Gurkereet, Nadeem... these guys couldn't find a place?!?!?! IS there actually a selection panel?!?!?! I can't believe there are still persisting with SAHA... :))))

  • on May 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    ....india have any fast bowler ......which can bowl 150kph...

  • satish619chandar on May 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    He gets what he deserved.. Was very good in IPL and wish he plays well and adds more to his reputation.. Good luck Mr.Awana..

  • sony_sr on May 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer... I also wish to see praveen developing into a world class swing bowler. But even after 5 years of playing international cricket I couldn't see any improvement in him. And am sure he will keep performing at the same level for another 10 years if given chances. But you will never hear any teams losing sleep over his presence in the opposition team. I know its a bit harsh on him, but it depends on whether you are satisfied with average bowlers (avg at international level not domestic) or want to keep searching for players who have the potential to become international quality bowlers.

  • on May 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    shahbaz nadeem most deservng plyer .....in this ipl but he is not in the india a TEAM...i dont knw y ??????

  • aravabalaji on May 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Poetic justice, isn't it! This guy from the rural background has been very consistent in this Ranji season. He needs to be nurtured.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 27, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @sony_sr what wrong did praveen kumar do to be dumped?Just because he bowled horribly in death overs of few oneday matches it does not overshadow the fact that he is the BEST SWING BOWLER in India . If you think he cannot win test matches, recollect his performances in west indies and england . Many people seem to think medium pacers cant succeed in test cricket. Even Ian Chappell advocates the need of a genuine swing bowler like Praveen because he can test batsman's technique with some nibbling movement. Learn to put your views into perspective before comparing performances in different formats. And by the way praveen runs through sides in indian conditions on flat tracks.

  • sony_sr on May 27, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Awana deserved it in the first place itself ahead of RP.

    I hope our selectors don't invest any more time on nehra, munaf, sreeshanth, vinay kumar, praveen kumar, rp singh and mithun. I may seem a bit harsh on vinay and praveen, but the fact is these guys will always produce average performance and once in a while a good performance, but can never grow into world class bowlers who can win test matches on their own. Sreeshanth is an exception as he has genuene talant but a waste of time investing on him as he is the best case of wasted talent.

    Lets have zaheer play in tests alone till his fitness allow (maximum 1-2 more years I think). I hope umesh, varun, awana and ishant sharma will form the nucleas of indian pace bowling attack in the coming years. Am keen to watch the improvement of a few other bowlers like shami ahmed, dhawal kulkarni, ashok dinda, pankaj singh, abu nechim and rahul shukla. dhawal kulkarni was very impressive in this ipl.

  • on May 27, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    GREAT GREAT News !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AyrtonS on May 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    These guys are all T20 tigers, however when it comes to test cricket they have no stamina what so ever.

    They are nothing but a set of useless lash and dash players.

  • rohan024 on May 26, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    IPL over, RP Singh gets injured..familiar story..yawn

  • Empty-Sequence on May 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Awana is undoubtedly a better prospect than rp. Feels really sorry for Pankaj & Kulkarni who misses out but we already have similar kinda bowlers like parveen, Vinay and Irfan.

  • on May 26, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Parvinder Awana is awarded for his performance but there are many other bowlers to who can be dangerous among them some of them arePankaj Singh, Trivedi and balaji should also be given a chance

  • inder0523 on May 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Here we are talking about fast bowlers not medium pacers...Even our captain can bowl medium pace if required...Well definitely i saw pankaj singh bowl seaming deliveries on a flat wicket in ipl5 at good pace..That guy is really unlucky... Yo mahesh, trivedi, sangwan, balaji, r.p, pathan are not test class material.... Sreesanth is better than these all...So we are left with dinda, awana, yadav.. I consider praveen n vinay kumar as medium pacers,,,they can swing the new ball only...lol

  • on May 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Mr. Soumya Das Gupta, Ashok Dinda is there in the team...Sorry to say Pankaj Singh is not there......What about Yo Mahesh???

  • serious-am-i on May 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    At last Awana got a chance. I doubt if the injury is a real one or was he forced to declare himself injured to force a way for Awana :p I would like to see fast bowlers sent to England, South Africa and Australia for some experience in domestic circuits or in "A" team matches. Same should be applied to batsmen but bowlers must be more carefully preserved.

  • on May 26, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    This is excellent. R P Singh is a spent force. It was quite distressing to see him in the India A squad. Awana is certainly a better bet.

  • venkatesh018 on May 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Justice done for Awana and his performances in the Ranji Trophy.

  • Bruisers on May 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Awana should get a direct entry to the national team. And bowlers like Kulkarni, Pankaj Singh, Trivedi & Sangwan should get to play these 'A' tours.

  • sohaibahmad on May 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    So here is the 1st one, IPL duties over and injury duty starts, wait and watch Dhoni, he will be too tired to play for India....

  • InsideHedge on May 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It says something about the politics of Indian cricket that RP Singh was deemed good enough to be in the A squad in the 1st place. Has any Indian player been rewarded so highly for such mediocre performances? After his "exploits" in England last summer, the man should have been discarded permanently, he turned up overweight and was an outright embarrassment. Let's forget for one moment why MSD asked for RP when Sreesanth was injured last summer, let's concentrate on the aftermath: Mumbai Indians sign up RP for a hefty price tag, he continues to bowl with all his "venom" right thru the IPL season and forces MI to use Malinga as a 1st change bowler because RP is not good enough to bowl in the middle or end overs.

    Awana should have been in the A squad to begin with, it needed the unfit, unprofessional and simply mediocre RP to pull out for the right decision to be made. How many other selections like this exist? When will Ambati Rayudu get an opportunity?

  • maddy20 on May 26, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    This is probably the best thing that could have happened to us. Awana would make a more potent pace bowler than R.P No swing anyday. The guy bowled like a club cricketer in England. Awana deserved it.

  • inder0523 on May 26, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Good news for Indian cricket, its time that we move on from zaheers & other old fast bowlers...Don't think Aaron can swing it in any conditions... Umesh is too good a prospect.... need to have atleast three more seamers like yadav...

  • on May 26, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Why forget Ashok Dinda???He has been the most fiery bowler.Also Pankaj Singh being the most successful bowler in 2 consecutive vicotires in Ranji tropy for Rajasthan

  • on May 26, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    What about Dhawal kulkarni. late swing, decent pace, bat too. clearly BCCI wasting so many talents available in india.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 26, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Awana is a good prospect. But dis is wat i feel should be ind's pace bowling attack after zaheer retires: umesh yadav, shami ahmed , praveen kumar. those who believe praveen should be a odi specialist need a history lesson in swing bowlers . just because he is not quick it doesnt mean dat he is a limited bowler. He SWINGS it and has a big heart

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  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 26, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Awana is a good prospect. But dis is wat i feel should be ind's pace bowling attack after zaheer retires: umesh yadav, shami ahmed , praveen kumar. those who believe praveen should be a odi specialist need a history lesson in swing bowlers . just because he is not quick it doesnt mean dat he is a limited bowler. He SWINGS it and has a big heart

  • on May 26, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    What about Dhawal kulkarni. late swing, decent pace, bat too. clearly BCCI wasting so many talents available in india.

  • on May 26, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Why forget Ashok Dinda???He has been the most fiery bowler.Also Pankaj Singh being the most successful bowler in 2 consecutive vicotires in Ranji tropy for Rajasthan

  • inder0523 on May 26, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Good news for Indian cricket, its time that we move on from zaheers & other old fast bowlers...Don't think Aaron can swing it in any conditions... Umesh is too good a prospect.... need to have atleast three more seamers like yadav...

  • maddy20 on May 26, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    This is probably the best thing that could have happened to us. Awana would make a more potent pace bowler than R.P No swing anyday. The guy bowled like a club cricketer in England. Awana deserved it.

  • InsideHedge on May 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It says something about the politics of Indian cricket that RP Singh was deemed good enough to be in the A squad in the 1st place. Has any Indian player been rewarded so highly for such mediocre performances? After his "exploits" in England last summer, the man should have been discarded permanently, he turned up overweight and was an outright embarrassment. Let's forget for one moment why MSD asked for RP when Sreesanth was injured last summer, let's concentrate on the aftermath: Mumbai Indians sign up RP for a hefty price tag, he continues to bowl with all his "venom" right thru the IPL season and forces MI to use Malinga as a 1st change bowler because RP is not good enough to bowl in the middle or end overs.

    Awana should have been in the A squad to begin with, it needed the unfit, unprofessional and simply mediocre RP to pull out for the right decision to be made. How many other selections like this exist? When will Ambati Rayudu get an opportunity?

  • sohaibahmad on May 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    So here is the 1st one, IPL duties over and injury duty starts, wait and watch Dhoni, he will be too tired to play for India....

  • Bruisers on May 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Awana should get a direct entry to the national team. And bowlers like Kulkarni, Pankaj Singh, Trivedi & Sangwan should get to play these 'A' tours.

  • venkatesh018 on May 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Justice done for Awana and his performances in the Ranji Trophy.

  • on May 26, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    This is excellent. R P Singh is a spent force. It was quite distressing to see him in the India A squad. Awana is certainly a better bet.