DELHI : Nathu Singh was the toast of the town in 2016 when he sparked a fierce bidding war (in the IPL auctions) between the then Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians (MI). Mumbai secured his services for a whopping Rs 3.2 crore and it seemed like once again a star was born. Prior to that his 7/87 in the Ranji Trophy (2015) versus New Delhi grabbed all the limelight. Back then the 23-year-old from Rajasthan had just burst on to the scene as a tearaway fast bowler who could clock close to 150 kmph.
The fairytale remained incomplete as Singh failed to make a single appearance for MI that season. In the following year, he plied his trade for the now-defunct Gujarat Lions (GL) and could only play a couple of matches before being left out.
Injuries hampered his progress and the euphoria of big money contracts fizzled out really soon. Nathu admits that a lack of focus on his part was the undoing. “After stints with MI and GL, I played matches without paying proper attention to my fitness and workout regime. A stress fracture to my lower back delayed the recovery. I put on weight and it was not a good time,” Nathu told the indianexpress.com
But all of this was a long time ago. Now Nathu is back where he wants to be and is looking forward to a new chapter with New Delhi.