Kolkata, Mar 29: India's Rudra Pratap Singh might not come under the selectors' radar, the leading wicket taker in the Indian Premier League (IPL) hopes that a good performance in the fifth edition of IPL would fetch him a berth in the national side.
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The 26 year old pacer, playing for Mumbai Indians feels an impressive stint with IPL will fetch him a berth in the national side which will help him stage a comeback in ICC World T20 which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in September this year.
"IPL is huge. All the matches are important and I'm happy to have made an impact in the previous four editions. It gives one a big platform to perform against the world's best. I've been able to bounce back twice through IPL. This time also, I'm looking forward to it," he said from Mumbai.
RP Singh who has taken 56 wickets off four seasons in the IPL, is working hard on his bowling and honing his batting skills to help the team in the death overs by working overtime at the nets to ensure that no stone is left unturned inorder to stage a comeback.
"I am working out hard, following a strict schedule. I am raring to go. There are no fitness concerns. In T20, a bit of batting can also come in handy. I am working on my batting to contribute to the team's cause," RP said, referring to his teammates Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga's exploits with the bat.
The left-arm pacer played for Deccan Chargers and Kochi Tuskers Kerala during the last four editions, also won the purple cap in the second season playing for Deccan Chargers.
After being bought by Mumbai Indians for $600,000, RP Singh feels lucky to play with Sachin Tendulkar.
"What can I say about somebody who is the world's best batsman. I can just say that I'm lucky to play under him. I'm yet to speak to him after joining here. I'm looking forward to him."
Being a part of the team that has top 5 bowlers and a star studded batting line-up, he said Mumbai Indians is a balanced unit.
"We are not stars, just players. It's a great dressing room. I know each of them. We have a balanced unit. I'm looking forward to contribute to the team's cause."
He further said the going was tough in the last few months, as he had to rush to England following pace spearhead Zaheer Khan's injury to be ignored which in turn added to the frustration as he was disappointed to talk about selection matters.
"There will be ups and downs. But you will have to keep trying. Selection is not in my hands. I am just giving my best," he said.