Rudra Pratap Singh (RP Singh), one of the star players of India's World T20 2007 triumphant squad, has announced his retirement from international cricket 13 years after making his debut. The left-handed fast bowler player 14 Test matches, 58 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India, with his last appearance coming in 2011.
The 32-year-old announced his decision through a post on Twitter, which read, "13 years ago, on 4th September 2005 was the first time I donned the Indian jersey. It was the stepping stone to what would become the most cherished moments of my life. Today as I hang my boots and call it a day, I wish to remember and give thanks to each and everyone who made this journey possible.
"Even as I write this, there are conflicting emotions inside me. No matter how much one prepares for the day, there is no easy way to bid goodbye. But somewhere inside there is the voice that tells you - it's time.
"And that for me is today. My heart and soul will always belong to that young boy who debuted at Faisalabad, Pakistan, who wanted nothing more but to feel the leather in his hand and keep playing but my body reminds me I am an old man who needs to make way for the young."
A left-hand fast bowler capable of swinging the ball, RP Singh was a prominent feature in the Indian line-up between 2007 and 2009. In the inaugural T20 World Cup, which India won, he was the leading wicket-taker for the team with 12 wickets in seven matches.
He had a pretty decent ODI record, wherein he played 58 matches, taking 69 wickets at an average of 33.95. There was success in the T20Is as well, with 15 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of just 6.81.
While in the limited-overs format, there was decent success, RP Singh found the going tough in Test cricket. He played only 14 matches, taking just 40 wickets at an average of 42.05. Though, he can be proud about being the part of the Indian team which beat England 1-0 at their home. In that series, RP took 12 wickets, which included a career-best 5 for 59.