Rudra Pratap Singh, better known as RP Singh is an outstanding left-arm fast-medium bowler in the Indian cricket team with a remarkable wicket-taking record who has proved to be extremely lethal against some of the best batsmen in the international cricket.
Born on December 6, 1985 in Purebala, Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, he comes from a very humble background and it was his father Shiv Pratap Singh who sent him to Lucknow in 2000 encouraging him to play cricket in Guru Govind Singh Sports College. His father is an operator in the technical wing of the Indian Technical Institute and has two sisters, Akansha and Deepa. His mother's name is Girija Devi.
After training hard to perfect his method and bowling technique, he made his debut in the cricketing arena with a memorable performance in the U-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2004 by claiming 8 wickets at a remarkable average of 24.75. Continuing with his excellent form, he chucked another 34 wickets in 6 while playing for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy later that year.
Making his ODI debut in September 2005, RP Singh Claimed 2 wickets against Zimbabwe in Harare in his debut match itself. He came out with flying colors in the third ODI against Sri Lanka producing the magic figures of 4/35 which not only helped India win the match but also won him his first man of the match award.
Later, though, after remaining out of form with no wickets to his credit RP Singh was forced to stay out of contention for some of the ODIs after the first match of the West Indies Tour in May 2006.
However, in the meantime, Rudra Pratap Singh made his Test debut in the 2nd test match played against Pakistan in Faisalabad, Pakistan in January 2006 with a 5-wicket haul to his credit, which won him Man of the match. RP Singh again displayed the magic of his swing with a memorable 4-wicket haul against Pakistan helped India secure a 3-1 lead in the series and won him another man of the match award as well. He was also a part of Indian ODI squad in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 but a lackluster form could not help him continue in the side for long.
However, later he was again selected for the Bangladesh and England tours in 2007. Capitalizing on the opportunity, he came up with the figures of 5/59 in a test match against England making up for his first 5-wicket haul in the test cricket arena and claimed 7 wickets at an average of 31.71 in 5 ODIs against England.
RP Singh was also a part of the Indian Squad for ICC World Twenty20 2007 Cricket tournament held in South Africa in September 2007. Living up to the lofty expectations of Indian cricket fans, he took 12 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 12.66 runs per wicket making him the second-highest wicket-taker of the ICC World Twenty20 2007 Cricket tournament. An amazing performance from RP Singh came in a crucial Super-8 stage match against South Africa where he fetched 4 wickets for 13 runs in 4 overs to help India eliminate South Africa from the contention. India went ahead to win the ICC World Twenty20 2007 Cricket tournament, which was a dream come true for Cricketing fans in India.
RP Singh has time and again proved his worth as a wicket-taking left-arm fast-medium bowler with an amazing ability to produce swing even on seemingly dead tracks, which makes him a key fast bowling option for India with the potential to turnaround matches on his own.