Northampton, Aug 6: India has been regrouping time and again since the start of its current tour of England. With the prized Zaheer Khan shockingly out of the fray for the two crucial remaining 5-day encounters against England, the selectors have opened the door on perhaps the rustiest of their backlog of Indian pacemen. Uttar Pradest fast bowler, RP Singh has been thrown into ring as a returning Test campaigner.
The issue with such a seemingly out-of-the-blue recall is that the R P played his last Test in Apr 2008 and his career uptil then hadn't left much to write home about. When India needs fiery and seasoned players to take up the new cherry, R P exploits on the 22 yards since his career began in 2006 have been largely fruitless. Sample this statistic - he has played all of 13 Tests, garnering a haul of 40 wickets at a far-from-impressive average of 39.
However, the selection panel might have ear-marked him on the basis of a passably satisfactory performance against England in India' 2007 tour of the place. Indeed, in that Test series, he picked up a tally of 12 scalps in 3 matches at decent strike rate of 28.91 and an innings best of 5/59.
His appearances have since been relegated to stints with Indian Premier League and the predominant school of thought among the powers-that-be is that he should be returned to the National Test fold. Will he earn his stripes this time?