Harry Singh, son of former India pacer Rudra Pratap Singh Sr., has been selected in the England U-19 squad for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka U-19. RP Senior, who hailed from Lucknow and played two ODIs against Australia in 1986, moved to England in the late 1990s. He held coaching roles with Lancashire County Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). “A few days ago, we got a call from the ECB that Harry has been selected for the England U-19 team, which will play the Sri Lanka U-19 team at home,” Singh told the Indian Express.
Notably, several South Asians, including players of Indian origin, have represented England’s junior teams, but Singh is well aware of the challenges his son will face as he seeks to transition to the top level. His son Harry opened the batting for Lancashire 2nd XI. “It’s not easy, you need a little luck and a lot of runs to make it at the top level. I have seen many cricketers in the 90s who used to do well in domestic cricket but when they were part of the Indian team. He was a huge failure when he represented. As Harry grows up, he will have to make the technical adjustments that every cricketer makes,” RP Singh added.
Harry started playing cricket at the age of eight. He was also good at football but as he grew up, his interest in cricket increased. It was then that the family decided that their only son would play cricket under his father’s coaching. “He used to bowl fast but I know that fast bowling and opening batting can do a lot of damage. So I decided to let him continue batting and now he bowls off-spin too. It’s still a long time,” he said. The journey is there but he has won.” A small step in his career,” Singh said.
Going forward, his coach has decided to send Harry to the Dilip Vengsarkar Academy in Mumbai, where he will train under the former India captain. According to Singh, the idea is to make Harry an all-round cricketer who can play on all kinds of surfaces. “He has to learn batting tricks and he can do that only when he comes to India,” Singh said.