At many a times, the contribution of a bowler can determine the fate of a cricket match. One good spell, a couple of key wickets, and an easy game can get out of hands for the opposition. Indian cricketer Rex Singh has made it into a practice. However, a ‘a couple of wickets’ is an understatement, because the youngster can send almost the entire opposition lineup to pavilion. Today’s Ranji match against Mizoram saw the same performance from the Manipuri fast bowler, who picked 8 wickets in the game!
In today’s 2019-20 Ranji Trophy match at the Videocon Academy Ground in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area, the 19 year old took a staggering 8 wickets for 22 runs from 8 overs. The whole Mizoram batting order was wiped out in just 65 runs in 16 overs.
Check out all of his 8 wickets in the video below, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of BCCI Domestic.
WATCH: Manipur's left-arm seamer Rex Singh's eight-wicket haul against Mizoram.
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 9, 2019
However, Rex’s prowess didn’t just stop there. He was equally marvellous with the bat, and scored 58 runs from 66 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six. At stumps, Manipur’s total score is a monumental 255 for 7 wickets, leading their North East neighbours by 190 runs.
Rex was also the second highest scorer for the team after Chingangbam Singh, who scored 89 runs off 161 balls, with 16 fours. Rex has also kept strike with Thokchom Singh.
The Manipuri teenager achieved similar feat in the past. Back in the Cooch Behar Trophy in December 2018, the pacer wiped out the entire opposition batting lineup, securing all 10 wickets, and made headlines.
Rex, who hails from Sagolband Moirang Hanuba, a nearby town from the capital Imphal, He made his T20 debut in the 2019–20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophyon 8 November 2019. He was also the leading wicket taker in the group stages of 2018-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, picking a total of 26 wickets out of 7 appearances for Manipur, who, however, did not qualify into the knockout stages.
Earlier back in March 2019, the player revealed the secret behind his multi wicket hauls, which is a leather ball.
“My coach advised me to bowl with leather ball and I just followed him. That helped me gain confidence.” Rex told Sportstar.
“After that, I have worked on my bowling and mastered left-arm swing. That has helped me immensely and later, when I travelled to the National Cricket Academy, I learned how to develop overall skills. I am reaping those benefits,” the Seamer added.
Rex also talked about his mentor, who is none other than Rahul Dravid: “Sir told me that I’ve swung in my hand, so I need to maintain my line and length and I’ve to keep hitting the right areas.”