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18 Aug 2020
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni had very few friends in the team, as it’s known to many, but the few that he had were also very close to him. And one such friend is former India pacer RP Singh. As the former Indian captain retired from International cricket on 15th August, RP revealed how the captain ‘cool’ actually lost his cool many a times, but that didn’t get blown out of proportion because of the subtle ways in which the Ranchi born would show his stern nature.
The Bareilly-born recalled, “We were in Sri Lanka and Raina was coming too forward at the cover while fielding and Dhoni was warning him not to come too close. Few deliveries later, Raina missed a ball and then MS firmly told him to go back as he was instructing. He could be terse and firm when he wanted,” Singh told Cricket.com.
“Although he was never vocal or scream, he too used to get angry,” added the 34-year-old.RP had made his India debut just nine months after Dhoni and played most of his cricket under the captaincy of his good friend.
However, he had met Dhoni previously. Remembering the first time he saw the young wicket-keeper batsman, RP goes back in time to the days of domestic championships in Gwalior.
“First time we met was in domestic cricket in the Deodhar trophy. He had come since he wasn’t part of the playing XI for East Zone. Then, we met in a camp in Bangalore. But I was aware of him because in UP and Bihar there used to be so many unofficial tournaments and he was already a big name when we met in Gwalior for the first time,” Singh said.
RP Singh plied his trade for India from 2005 to 2011 and in that span picked up 124 international wickets from 82 games across all formats. He is also a World Cup winner as he was an important part of Team India’s 2007 T20 World Cup-winning campaign.