Akash Maharaj Singh, popularly known as Akash Singh is an Indian Cricketer born on 26th April 2002 in the city of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. He is a left-arm fast bowler known for turning the match with his wicket-taking abilities.
Akash Singh has not played in all forms of domestic cricket yet. He made his T20 debut for Rajasthan on November 9, 2019, against Tamil Nadu. Playing at Thumba, Singh bowled a magnificent spell of 2/26 in his four overs. He dismissed opposition captain Dinesh Karthik and opening batsman Murali Vijay on his T20 debut.
Akash impressed everyone with his performance on his T20 debut, but he had to wait till January 27, 2021, for his second T20 cap. Rajasthan included him in their playing XI for the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy quarter-final match against the Bihar cricket team in Ahmedabad. Akash opened the bowling for his team, but he went for 21 runs in his two wicketless overs.
After that tournament, Akash Singh made his List-A debut for Rajasthan in the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy. The left-arm fast bowler played three matches for the team, picking up two wickets at an economy rate of 7.52. He returned with figures of 2/46 on List-A debut, where dismissed Himachal Pradesh team’s Prashant Chopra and Digvijay Rangi.
However, Akash could not replicate the same performance in his next two List-A matches. Singh could not add another wicket to his tally. At the same time, he leaked 76 runs in the battle against Maharashtra.
The 18-year-old player is yet to represent his home state in the first-class format at the senior level.
Akash Singh has never played in the IPL before. He bagged a deal worth INR 20 lakh from the Rajasthan Royals Team at IPL Auction 2020. The Royals did not give him a single match in the United Arab Emirates. They released him before the IPL 2021 edition of the tournament but the Jaipur-based franchise bought him back at his base price of INR 20 lakh again at IPL Auction 2021.
Hailing from Rajasthan, Akash Singh made a name for himself with a three-wicket haul against Australia U-19s in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020. Unfortunately, the India U-19 cricket team could not win that competition, but Akash impressed many fans with his pace bowling. The Royals have shown much interest in left-arm fast bowlers over the last few years, which is why it was not a surprise to see them bid for Akash Singh twice. It will be exciting to see if he gets his maiden IPL cap in 2021.