Jasbir Singh, popularly known as ‘Jassi’, is a former Indian cricketer and a renowned umpire.
Singh was born on 14 March 1950 in Majha region of Amritsar in Punjab. Singh was of a period when India just got independence, so it was difficult for the young lad to dream of a career in sports.
But due to his sheer determination, he worked on his skill in his village and got selected in the team of Northern Punjab at the age of 17. He played as a right handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox.
Few years later, he also played for Punjab. In his career of 37 First class matches, he amassed 445 runs with the highest of 61 and claimed 96 wickets, having a best of 6/32 in an inning.
Singh retired from First class cricket after the season 1976-77 and then turned towards other aspect of the game.
He made his international umpiring debut on 30 October 1994 in a match against India and West Indies played in Kanpur. The next match he umpired in, came after a duration of 4 years which was between India and Zimbabwe in Vadodara.
Singh was a part of Pepsi Cup in a India- Pak high voltage match at Jaipur where Pakistan registered a 143 runs huge victory. He also officiated the match between India and New Zealand played on 8 November 1999 at Hyderabad. This match had its own charm as the Indian hero - Sachin Tendulkar, scored a scintillating 186 not-out which was the then 4th ever highest individual in ODI.
Singh officiated as a field umpire in 6 ODIs in a career that spanned over 6 years. All his matches were played in India.
His last assignment was on 2 December 2002 in a match between India and Zimbabwe played at Cuttack where India registered victory by 3 wickets.