‘Selectors should consider’ picking RP Singh for India’s tour of New Zealand, says Venkatesh Prasad

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“I’m pretty sure that he [will] be back in a couple of months”

Former India pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad has announced that the “selectors should consider” picking left-arm seamer RP Singh for the national team’s tour of New Zealand in January.

Singh last represented India in 2011, but Prasad has been extremely impressed with his bowling as of late.

“He is taking wickets, but the only thing missing is a five-wicket haul,” Prasad said. “I think it’s just a matter of time. The moment he gets a five-for, he will be a different bowler. Fast bowling is about confidence.

“I feel the selectors should not only look at the stats, but the quality in his bowling. I’m pretty sure that he [will] be back in a couple of months…probably after the South Africa series.

“Selectors should consider him for our next tour. He’s highly effective in seaming conditions.

“He is bowling well, hitting the deck well and getting the movements. He’s creating pressure on the batsmen. It’s a long season and he’s bowling about 25 overs an innings.”

Meanwhile, despite being thrashed 2-0 by South Africa in the recently concluded ODI series, Prasad is confident that India will bounce back in the upcoming two-Test series, which gets underway on December 18 in Johannesburg.

“The pitches in Johannesburg and Durban will be out and out for pace bowling,” he said. “We need to bowl with pace and in the right areas. I’m sure India will do well.”

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