‘Extra Special’ first: Mohali cricketer hits the ODI ton at no. 8 for Ireland
On Friday night, after Mohali and Irish cricketer Simi Singh, 33, became the first player in ODI cricketer history to score a hundred batters in eighth in the third ODI match of the Ireland Series -South Africa at Malahide Cricket. Club, Dublin, Ireland, the now Irish citizen called his parents Amarjeet Singh and Daljeet Kaur in Mohali and his wife Agamdeep Kaur in Dublin.
Singh, who surpassed England’s Chris Woakes 95 points against Sri Lanka in Nottingham in 2016 to set the new ODI record, had actually started playing club cricket at Malahide Cricket Club after moving to Ireland. in 2006. Although Ireland lost the game by 70 points and the three-game streak was tied 1-1, Singh called the moment emotional.
“Scoring my first ODI 100 on this very ground, where I started club cricket when I arrived in Ireland, is a special feeling. Achieving the feat with the ODI record of scoring the highest score for a number batsman eight makes it very special. Getting to a score of 92 for 6 and facing bowlers like Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi was a tough situation and such a move gives you a lot of confidence. After the game the whole team of Ireland and the whole South African team including captain SA Quinton de Kock congratulated me. That’s what I told my parents and my wife, “said Singh, who went undefeated. on 100 points on 91 balls and also won a wicket in the match.
While his father Amarjit Singh worked as a Punjabi lecturer at a school in Chandigarh, Simi played junior cricket for Punjab before making the decision to move to Ireland, where he studied hotel management. The all-rounder would play cricket for clubs like Malahide CC, Old Balverydale CC, YMCA CC in the Leinster Cup in addition to giving training in various clubs. Singh became an Irish citizen in 2017 and would make his ODI debut against New Zealand at Malahide Cricket Club that same year. Singh has so far played in 30 ODIs with a total of 34 wickets and 543 tracks outside of 24 T20I with 207 tracks and 21 wickets. Earlier this year, Simi achieved the feat of the third cheapest five-way with five wickets for 10 races against the United Arab Emirates in an ODI series in the United Arab Emirates in February. In the past year, Singh has played in the ODI series against England, with the exception of the series against the Netherlands, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. .
“Last year Ireland were among the first countries to play international cricket in a bio-bubble when we played against England. I spent time in North County between the different rounds of stick polishing and bowling. I focused on hitting against rhythm bowlers outside of watching my batting videos. I also worked on my bowling speed and its variations, besides working on the wrist rotation and the googly with the leg rotation. Head coach Graham Ford and other coaches have also helped me a lot, ”said Simi.
The Irish cricket team earned 15 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying process with the series drawn against South Africa. The team will also play this year’s T20 World Cup first round matches in Oman in October-November later this year and Simi is focused on the next series against Zimbabwe. “Of course, being in a World Cup is every player’s dream, but I’m thinking about our next series against Zimbabwe right now. Talking about the T-20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Ireland team have often played against teams like the Netherlands and Afghanistan at these venues and that will help the team ”, Singh said.