Abhiraj Rajdeep Singh is just 20 currently and had made it to the National Cricket Team of Singapore. And his next achievement might surprise you more, he made it to the U15 Cricket team in 2007, when he was just 12. His prodigious domestic career in Singapore gifted him the National Cap when he was only 15. Other than Cricket, Abhiraj is also doing his National Service in the army. Abhiraj plans to move UK and continue his studying there. Also he is planning to join a Cricket Club in UK which would allow him to play more matches and develop his game. To sum up his career so far, Abhiraj has played against major teams like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Maldives, Kuwait, USA, Bermuda and Nepal.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Abhiraj Rajdeep Singh
Date of Birth: 27/05/1995
Playing Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Left hand bat
Bowling Style: Slow left arm
Address: The Waterside #06-03 Singapore 436881
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Currently, I play for the Singapore National Men's team, as well as doing my National Service in the army.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I've been playing cricket since I was 7 years old. I made the Singapore U15 team in 2007 when I was 12, and that was the first time I ever played for Singapore. Through the years, I progressed and received my full men's call up at the age of 15. I recently played in the ICC World Cricket League division 3 tournament in Malaysia.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for the Singapore Cricket Association in the domestic competitions in Singapore, and I play in the first division as well. The Singapore Cricket Association is basically the home of Singapore cricket. It provides many youngsters the platform to play in the various age group and men's leagues.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
In the next 5 years I probably will be going overseas for college, most likely in the UK. Hopefully, I can make my college side and play for a club as well. That way I can progress through the ranks and play the best cricket possible. I feel I need a lot more match practice to improve my game. Through match practice, you become more consistent and are able to handle pressure much better. In my opinion, I feel that these 2 aspects are very important for a cricketer.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
The link is http://singaporecricket.org/Default.aspx
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
As I previously mentioned, Singapore just recently took part in the World Cricket League Division 3 competition in Malaysia which was held between 23rd October 2014 to 30th October 2014, the results of that can be viewed on cricinfo.com. We also just recently played the Asian Cricket Council T20 competition in Dubai from 25th Jan 2015 to 30th Jan 2015, results can be found on cricinfo.com.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
Honestly, I wouldn't mind going anywhere to play cricket.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
I think firstly, we require indoor nets in Singapore. Being a tropical country, with quite a bit of rain every year, we are unable to train if it rains in the day. The indoor nets will ensure that regardless of the rain we can train or at least do some form of fitness. I think we just need some form of financial backing or sponsor and it can be built.
Apart from that, I feel we need more exposure to a higher standard of cricket as well, we have the talent here in Singapore but because we are not exposed at a young age, later on we find it hard to compete. More tours, maybe compete with test playing nations at the age group level.
Being a small country, we do not have a lot of space thus we lack grounds with turf wickets. Thus, most of our cricket is played on astro turf which is not beneficial in the long run.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
We probably need more people exposed to the game, as right now its mainly the expats that watch and play cricket in Singapore.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs
1. Singapore Cricket Association
2. Singapore Cricket Club
3. Singapore Indian Association
12. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I was supporting India until the Semi finals when they lost to Australia. I enjoy watching India bat, they've got some really big hitters in Dhoni and Raina. As well as, batsmen like Kohli and Dhawan that generally play the long innings but still go at a brisk pace. I enjoy watching Harbhajan bowl, definitely would have been a handful in Australia because of the extra bounce he gets and he really gives it a tweak. For the final, I really wanted to see New Zealand do well, Mccullum's captaincy has been excellent as well as Boult and Southee who've been outstanding to watch.