Who is Jessy Singh?
Jasdeep, nicknamed “Jessy”, Singh is an American cricketer of Indian origin. Born in New York, Jessy Singh, a fast bowler, made his debut for the U.S.A in 2015 and has since become an integral part of their team. Since America’s domestic scene is lacking, Singh has plied his trade all over the world, notably in Sri Lanka, where he played for the Kalutara Physical Culture Club in the 2016/17 Premier League Tournament. Singh had the opportunity to play cricket in the Caribbean, when the U.S.A toured in 2018, playing three List A matches against Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and Barbados. As cricket continues to grow in America, Jessy Singh will spearhead the charge and he has a long career ahead of him.
Jessy Singh: USA
During the 2015 ICC Americas Twenty20 Division One Tournament, America handed Jessy Singh his maiden call-up. That was the first time he had ever been named in his national team’s squad, but only played one match in that tournament and didn’t take a wicket. Despite this, the USA showed faith in Singh and kept him on in their squad for the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Scotland and Ireland. The United States narrowly missed out on qualification from the Group Stages, finishing fifth, just an agonising one point off three teams. Singh made his T20 debut in that tournament, coming in the USA’s first match, against Nepal. He performed exceptionally well, taking 2/23 off four overs in a losing cause. Since then, Singh has gone on to become a stalwart for the American cricket team. Recently though, he has been in and out of the team, only playing three matches during the 2018 Regional Super50 tournament.
Jessy Singh in Sri Lanka
As you would expect, the fast bowler Singh struggled in Sri Lanka. He played five matches for the Kalutara Physical Culture Club, picking up nine wickets over the course of the season. His bowling average of close to fifty makes for grim reading, while his economy rate of 3.5 shows how he struggled to adapt to Sri Lankan conditions. Singh didn’t really contribute much with the bat either, although an average of 11 and a high score of 27 is useful from the tail. Interestingly, one match the Kalutara Physical Culture Club played that season was probed for fixing. Singh was not playing, but the scoring patterns of the match were curious and the match proved to be exceptionally important as it handed Kalutara’s opposition, Panadura Sports Club, the title for that year. Nothing came of the allegations.
Jessy Singh in the Caribbean
Domestic cricket in the West Indies is played to a very high standard and Jessy Singh came up against three of their best teams during the USA’s 2018 tour of the Caribbean. Singh played three fifty-over matches against Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and Barbados. During his first match, against Jamaica, Singh struggled. A first ball duck in the first innings, courtesy of Fabian Allen, was a poor start to the match and he could not rectify it with the ball. Singh only bowled four overs, as Jamaica cruised to an effortless eight-wicket victory, and conceded 38 runs. Despite this poor start to the tour, Singh bounced back in fine form against the Leeward Islands, a match which America won by 88 runs. He scored a handy 14 runs in the first innings against a decent bowling attack containing Rahkeem Cornwall and ended up with figures of 5-0-28-1 with the ball. Unlike the previous match, Singh opened the bowling and struck immediately by removing opener Chesney Hughes for a first ball duck. The closest match of the tour came in the final match, when America took on Barbados. Dominic Drakes bowled a beautiful spell of 10-2-44-4, with Shamar Springer and Hayden Walsh supporting him well. Singh’s 16* helped take his side to a decent total of 212/8, but Barbados eventually chased this down with four wickets in hand. A brilliant 60 from opener Sheyne Moseley set up the Barbados victory, even though their middle order of Tevyn Walcott and Justin Greaves failed to fire. Singh struggled with the ball again, only bowling three overs and giving away 21 runs. This was a poor end to an exciting tour but will provide the youngster with great experience.