If we make a list of players who have done well in domestic cricket but still can’t sustain at the international level, Pankaj Singh will top this as when he was in his prime, he was a vicious commodity with the new ball who was too heavy to handle. He still possesses that capacity but now with age, the pace has dropped a bit.
Still, he has that talent in him to just cause worry to any batsman with the new ball, a glimpse of which we saw in the Duleep trophy 2016/17 when Pankaj Singh was making the pink ball talk.
Despite being one of the best bowlers in the country, Pankaj had to wait for a total of 70 overs to get his first Test wicket on hs debut, thanks to dropped catches.
At this age, many cricketers always have two thoughts in minds. First to stop thinking about a comeback in the national team and second to switch on as a professional, but Pankaj Singh has neither of the two thoughts in his mind as the tall pacer is still looking for a comeback in the Indian team, thanks to his fast bowling which is still troubling many opening batsmen as he has been rated as the toughest bowler to face in the morning by many domestic batsmen.
“I’ve been bowling well. The Ranji season was good. There is good rhythm and I feel confident,” he told Express. Team Rajasthan have a blend of youth and experience. And this is what Pankaj feels can make a difference.
“I’ve been playing first-class cricket for many years. Once in every 14-15 games, you have a game where nothing goes right. It’s unfortunate that I had to endure the fate on
“I thought I bowled well. After the match, many seniors, including MS Dhoni praised me. He said these things happen in cricket. Their encouragement gave me hope,” he said.
On speaking of the dropped catches on his debut, Pankaj said that there is no point thinking about,
“Life mein regrets rakhne se aage nahi ja paenge (If you regret, you won’t go ahead). I hold no grudges. I know that if I keep performing, my chance will come again.” What gives him the motivation to keep going at it. “Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh both made their comebacks quite late. If they can do it, so can I.”
Pankaj Singh will lead Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17, with the team set to kick off their campaign against Madhya Pradesh on February 25.