Mandeep Singh is a professional Indian cricketer who was on 18 December, 1991 in Jalandhar, Punjab. He is a right-handed attacking batsman and a part time right-arm medium pace bowler.
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Mandeep made his first-class debut for Punjab in 2011 against Himachal Pradesh, and treated himself to an unbeaten fifty in his very first innings. He became one of the mainstays of the Punjab batting line-up before the age of 25. At the end of the 2015-16 first-class season, Mandeep had 10 centuries, including a double-ton, and averaged over 40.
During South Africa A’s tour of India in August 2015, a weird incident made every fan scratch their heads. 4 players of South Africa A were down with stomach issues and cramps, as a result, one fielder was falling short for the visitors to complete their mandatory 11 number-of-players squad while fielding. Left with no other option, they had to call India A’s 12th man Mandeep Singh for the task.
Batting in the middle order for Punjab in first class cricket, Mandeep singh has so far scored 5,316 runs at a batting average of 47.46 with 13 first class hundreds and 28 fifties in 78 matches.
In 2010, Mandeep made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders but that was not a successful season for him as he only played three games. Then he moved to Kings XI Punjab in the next and after having a poor season for them also he smashed 432 runs in the 2012 season which was highest for them. For that he won the 'rising star of the tournament award’. The next season was decent for him as he scored 260 runs but injuries in the 2014 season meant that Mandeep only played 3 matches.
After a disappointing season, Mandeep moved to to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 to play under Virat Kohli. Mandeep was a floater in the team but on most occasions came down the order to give a late flurry to the total. In the 3 seasons at RCB, Mandeep managed to play only 26 games and scored 345 runs. He was released after the season and went back to the Kings XI Punjab. Mandeep will be keen to make amends this season after the 2019 season where he could not get a big score. Mandeep played 13 matches and often came to the crease with few overs to be bowled. He remained unbeaten 8 times and will now hope to strike it big.
Mandeep's 394 runs from 7 games for Punjab in the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy forced the selectors to give him a go in the national colours as he led the batting charts in the fifty overs format in that season. Mandeep scored an attractive fifty in only his second T20I against Zimbabwe to hand India a handsome win by 10 wickets. But after the Zimbabwe tour, Mandeep wasn't picked by the selectors and has been at the fringes of the team since then. The inconsistency in the domestic-circuit and failure to score big runs in the IPL has dented his chances of staging a comeback in the senior stage.
Mandeep Singh’s father, Hardev Singh, is a well-known athletics coach in Jalandhar. His father was initially not happy with Mandeep’s ambition of becoming a cricketer, however, after watching his son’s passion and dedication towards the sport, he finally gave his nod.