The pressure’s on the Turbanator. You can see it in the sagging statistics, and you can hear it in the constant carping from the commentators. Daryl Cullinan had the in-house NEO Cricket statistician figure out that out of roughly 25 Singh overs, 17 began with the batsmen taking a single. Then there’s the damning graphics of where his balls pitch (not close enough to the off-stump, the consensus says).
I agree with all of it. Singh used to be a great spinner; look at his career stats around 2002 and 2003, and you get what all the fuss is about. But we’ve paid a great price for this cricketer since then. For one thing, he’s an arrogant jerk (slapping around Sreesanth; obnoxiously kissing batsmen goodbye when he — rarely — dismisses them; whining like a little baby when Murali Vijay drops a catch at short leg, as if it’s Vijay’s fault Singh can’t offer more chances). For another, he’s just not that good anymore. He bowls too fast; he doesn’t flight; he doesn’t spin all that much, and his doosra seems long gone.
Put another way: he’s no Graeme Swann. Drop him.