Simaranjit Singh, a cricketer from Punjab is all set to win hearts of cricket fans at the international level, as he has been included in the Irish national team, owing to his consistent performance in the country’s domestic cricket, Times of India report said. His family stays in Mohali. Better known as Simi, Simaranjit had made his ODI debut against New Zealand in May this year. He has also been included in the Irish squad for their only one ODI match against West Indies slated to be played on September 13. With Ireland being granted Test status on June 22, this year, he wants to fulfill his dream of playing Test cricket, the report said further.
He added that even though he could not play for India, but he looking forward to fulfilling his dream to play Test cricket by playing for Ireland. In last seven years, he has played for Punjab Junior under 14 and under 17 teams amassing runs and taking wickets. He, however, could not get chance to play for state’s under 19 team. Times of India added further. In 2004, Simaranjit scored 725 runs playing at under 17 level and was selected as the best player in National school games held in Vijayawada in 2001. Even after this performances, he was sidelined by the Punjab selectors for the under 19 level. Soon he went to Ireland and started playing first class cricket there, the paper added.
As per his coach Bharti Vij, the cricketer was sidelined even after having a sound technique. Still, he was not dejected and went to Ireland to show his merit. Simaranjit had gone to Ireland in 2005 to study Hotel Management, where his friends advised him to continue playing cricket. He used to spend five Euros to play cricket and also worked in a grocery shop to pay for his expenses on the sport, the report added. Soon he started playing for Malahide cricket club in Dublin. In 2008, he tried his luck to play in IPL, by giving the trial for Kings XI Punjab, but couldn’t get a chance, Times of India report said.