Chandigarh:RP Singh's dismissal of the dangerous Andrew Symonds was clearly the turning point in the fourth ODI, helping India beat Australia in Chandigarh.
In a candid chat with NDTV, the left-arm pacer discussed his performance and his plans to apparently pursue an MBA.
NDTV: What was going through your mind when you were bowling to Symonds?
RP Singh: I was trying to bowl dot balls so that the required run rate would climb. That's why I was bowling yorkers. But then I thought I might as well slip in a good-length ball.
Fortunately, it paid great dividends. It was a very big 50-over game for us. During the first few overs, we couldn't bowl as well as we would have liked. But we bounced back later, after devising a strategy and sticking to it.
NDTV: And what went through your mind when you ran Brad Hogg out?
RP Singh: I thought let's bowl a yorker to new man Brad Hogg. Luckily, it came to me in my follow-through. It's always great to effect a run out.
The Australian team is a great one. They bat, bowl and field very well. So it's a very balanced side, and always plans meticulously. So beating them, especially after getting the better of their formidable batting lineup, gives one great satisfaction.
NDTV: Did you target anyone in particular?
RP Singh: Yes, but unfortunately those very players performed the best against us! Unluckily for us, Hayden, Gilchrist and Symonds scored all the runs against us.
NDTV: We hear you're planning to do an MBA. What all are you focusing on, apart from cricket?
RP Singh: I'm about to complete my BA. As soon as that happens, I'll start my MBA. It's really tough to manage both. I'll only manage to start my MBA next year, which means I waste a full year. But yes, I've already filled my forms.