On friday night,Simi Singh a former age-group 34 years old cricketer, who failed to make the senior state side and then shifted to Ireland where he has got to play for the national side,became the first-ever player in ODI cricket history to score a hundred batting at number eight position in the third ODI match of Ireland-South Africa series at Malahide Cricket Club.
Simi Singh hits 100 not out off 91 deliveries (14x4s) in Ireland’s 70-run loss to South Africa in the third and final ODI Cricket Club after he moved to Ireland in 2006. Though Ireland lost the match by 70 runs and the three-match series was tied 1-1, Singh termed the moment an emotional one.
Balbirnie said,”he spend lot of time for nets than anyother else”.
Singh, who bowls off-spin, also took the wicket of Quinton de Kock, who made 120 off 91 deliveries and stitched a 225-run partnership with fellow opener Janneman Malan (177 off 169 balls).
“I thought he also bowled well today and to get his maiden century from number eight was a credit not just to him but to the guys who hung around with him,” said Balbirnie further.
Singh hails from Mohali and played age-group cricket for Punjab. After failing to play at the highest level for the state, he went to Ireland in 2006. He earned an ECB Level 2 coaching degree and certificate as personal trainer. A few years back he got Irish citizenship.
He worked for stores, cleaned toilets and then began coaching cricket to schoolchildren.