Mandeep Singh is an Indian cricketer who was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, on December 18, 1991. He is a part-time right-arm medium pace bowler and a right-handed attacking batsman.
In 2011, Mandeep made his first-class debut for Punjab against Himachal Pradesh, scoring an unbeaten fifty in his debut innings. Before the age of 25, he had established himself as a mainstay of the Punjab batting line-up. Mandeep had ten centuries, including a double-ton, and an average of over 40 by the end of the 2015-16 first-class season.
A strange incident occurred during South Africa A’s tour of India in August 2015, which left every fan scratching their heads. 4 South Africa A players were suffering from stomach pains and cramps, and as a result, one fielder was absent from the visitors’ required 11-player squad while fielding. They had no choice but to enlist the help of India A’s 12th man, Mandeep Singh.
Mandeep singh, who bats in the middle order for Punjab in first-class cricket, has 5,316 runs at a batting average of 47.46 in 78 matches, including 13 first-class hundreds and 28 fifties.
Mandeep made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010, but he only played three games that season. Following that, he switched to Kings XI Punjab, where, after a disappointing season, he smashed 432 runs in the 2012 season, which was a new high for them. He was awarded the ‘rising star of the tournament’ award for this. Mandeep had a strong season the next year, scoring 260 runs, but injuries reduced him to just three games in 2014.
Mandeep moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 to play under Virat Kohli after a losing season. Mandeep was a floater in the squad who came down the order on most occasions to add a late flurry to the number. Mandeep played just 26 games for RCB in three seasons, scoring 345 runs. After the season, he was released and returned to the Kings XI Punjab. Mandeep will be looking to make amends this season after a poor performance in 2019. Mandeep appeared in 13 games and always came to the crease with just a few overs to bat. He went 8 games without losing and will now look to win high.
Mandeep’s 394 runs in seven games for Punjab in the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy compelled the selectors to grant him a chance in national colours, as he led the batting charts in the fifty-overs format. Mandeep scored an eye-catching fifty in just his second T20I against Zimbabwe, giving India a comfortable 10-wicket victory. Mandeep, however, was not chosen by the selectors after the Zimbabwe tour and has since been on the outskirts of the squad. His prospects of making a return in the senior stage have been hindered by his inconsistencies in the domestic circuit and inability to score big runs in the IPL.
Hardev Singh, Mandeep Singh’s dad, is a well-known Jalandhar athletics coach. His father was originally displeased with Mandeep’s willingness to play cricket, but after seeing his son’s zeal and commitment to the sport, he ultimately accepted.