Glad to have achieved this feat so early in my career, says 10-wicket hero Sidak Singh

Sidak Singh etched his name in history books on Saturday as he became the fourth bowler to grab all 10 wickets in an innings in a domestic fixture.

Sidak, who is originally from Mumbai, was roped in as an outstation player by Puducherry this season.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

From being the youngest cricketer to making it to the Mumbai squad for the West Zone T20 championship to being under the scanner for suspect bowling action -- Sidak Singh has seen it all.

For the young left-arm spinner, all that became a thing of the past when he scalped ten wickets in an innings for his new team, Puducherry, in a Colonel CK Nayudu U-23 Trophy fixture on Saturday. He recorded his name in the history books as he became the fourth bowler to grab a ten-for in domestic fixtures. Subhash Gupte achieved the feat in 1954-55 season, left-arm fast bowler Premangsu Chatterjee bagged 10 wickets against Assam in 1956-57 season, followed by Debashish Mohanty in 2000.

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But the Bandra boy is not concerned about records and hopes to keep the momentum going. He spoke to Sportstar at the end of day's play.

How does it feel after claiming a 10-for in an innings?

It was a great feeling. Every player dreams of such a feat and I am happy that I could do it so early. I am happy that I could actually help the team and that's very important.

How was the wicket to bowl on?

It was actually tough to bowl on that wicket. It was a green top and initially helped the fast bowlers. I was lucky to have made it count. Even our batsmen had a tough time in the middle as the wicket was helping the pacers. It was tough to break through but I am happy that I could finally manage. In the second innings, I have so far managed only one wicket. Let's see how it goes.

Your move to Puducherry from Mumbai

I got an offer from Puducherry earlier this year and decided to take it up. I was playing in Mumbai and was in the probables list for the U-23 side, but when Mr. Damodaran (former secretary of Cricket Association of Puducherry) approached me, I decided to explore the opportunity. I am glad I did so.

How would you rate this bowling performance of yours?

Earlier, in an U-16 match I had taken nine wickets in an innings for Mumbai. But today's game is special. I did not think of such a feat when the game begun but now that it has happened, I am really happy.

Do you have any plans of shifting back to Mumbai later?

I have not thought about it yet. I have just moved here and have had a good start, so I would like to continue. My only target is to do well for the team and take as many wickets as possible. That will eventually help me break into the senior side also.

How did you manage to rectify your bowling action?

We had a camp at the Bandra Kurla Complex and that's where I could rectify the action. Coach Vinod Raghavan helped me immensely in correcting my action.

What are expectations from the immediate future?

Let's see how it goes. It has been a good start to the tournament and I would like to maintain it in the coming days. The Puducherry association has given me a big opportunity and I plan to live up to the expectation.

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