Left-arm fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh has become the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons after he snatched a mobile phone of a spectator while fielding on the boundary line during the Ranji Trophy final between Gujarat and Mumbai at Holkar Stadium in Indore.
A video surfaced which showed a disturbed fast bowler snatched the mobile from one of the spectators before throwing it on the ground when a young fan was heard in a video shouting, “Aap Ko Gujarat Ko Support Karna Padega (You’ve to support Gujarat,” particularly might be referring to one of the fans, who had a sympathy for Mumbai Ranji side.
Watch the video of RP Singh throwing the cellphone:
The 31-year-old left-arm bowler conceded 131 runs and bagged four wickets in the Ranji Trophy final, which Gujarat won by five wickets. He also reached his 300th first-class wicket in the same game.
The reports suggested that in the morning session of Day 5, in an ugly incident, RP showed an obscene gesture to a fan. However, his misbehavior was not caught on the camera during the live game.
But it has not been cleared whether the bowler was angered by a fan or something else during the crunch game.
According to reports, on the third day’s play, the Uttar Pradesh-born, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006, was booed by local age group spectators.
Earlier, in a semi-final clash against Jharkhand, Gujarat thrashed former Indian skipper MS Dhoni-mentored side by 123 runs in which RP Singh claimed nine wickets.
RP Singh has played 14 Tests, 58 One-day Internationals and 10 Twenty20 games for India.