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Former India cricketer RP Singh loses father to COVID-19

RP Singh represented India in 14 Tests, 58 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals before hanging his boots in September 2018.

Rudra Pratap Singh- (Photo: @rpsingh/Twitter)

New Delhi: Former India cricketer Rudra Pratap Singh lost his father Shiv Prasad Singh to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday (May 12).

Taking to his Twitter handle, The 35-year-old left-arm pacer from Uttar Pradesh informed about the death of his father. “It is with deepest grief and sadness we inform the passing away of my father, Mr Shiv Prasad Singh. He left for his heavenly abode on 12th May after suffering from Covid. We request you to keep my beloved father in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Papa,” he tweeted.

RP Singh represented India in 14 Tests, 58 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals before hanging his boots in September 2018. Earlier on May 9, feft arm pacer Chetan Sakariya lost his father to COVID-19 on Sunday (May 9) in Bhavnagar.

The young pacer from Saurashtra had been making a name for himself in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before it was postponed. Sakariya had also said that it was IPL that allowed him to earn money which he could use for availing better treatment facilities for his father.

His father was just 42. The Saurashtra Cricket Association also issued a statement condoling the death. The statement read, “Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association is deeply saddened on the sad demise of cricketer Chetan Sakariya’s father”.

…Saurashtra Cricket Association conveys heartfelt condolences to Chetan and prays to the Almighty to give enough strength to everyone in his family to bear the loss and grant eternal peace to the departed noble soul,” the cricket body said in a brief statement.

His IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in a tweet said, “It pains us so much to confirm that Mr Kanjibhai Sakariya lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier today. We’re in touch with Chetan and will provide all possible support to him and his family in this difficult time,” the franchise tweeted.

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