PR Man Singh

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PR Man Singh
Personal information
Born1937/1938 (age 84–85)[1]
BowlingRight-arm off break
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 5
Runs scored 57
Batting average 9.50
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 27*
Balls bowled 120
Wickets 1
Bowling average 59.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/32
Catches/stumpings 1/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 December 2019

PR Man Singh is an Indian former cricket player and administrator. He was the manager of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and also managed the Indian team which reached the semi-finals at the 1987 Cricket World Cup. He later served as the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.


A right-handed batsman and off break bowler, Man Singh played five first-class matches between 1965/66 and 1968/69, representing Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy and Hyderabad Blues in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament.[2]

Man Singh became an administrator after his playing career. He worked as the assistant team manager for India on its tour to Pakistan in 1978.[1] He was selected as the manager for the 1983 Cricket World Cup, after securing a 15–13 win over Niranjan Shah in a special BCCI general meeting vote for the post.[3] He was part of the six-member selection committee that appointed Kapil Dev as the captain for the tournament; Man Singh and Kapil Dev were then involved in the World Cup squad selection.[1] India went on to lift the World Cup, despite being tipped as massive underdogs at the start of the tournament when bookmakers' odds was at 66-1 for an Indian win.[4]

After India's World Cup victory, Man Singh reportedly wrote a letter to Wisden Cricket Monthly's editor David Frith, who had downplayed India's chances before the tournament and declared that he would "eat his words" if India won the tournament, reminding him of his "promise". The September 1983 edition of the magazine ran a copy of Man Singh's letter along with a photograph of Frith with a piece of paper in his mouth, captioned, "India made me eat my words".[5][6][7]

Man Singh went on to manage the Indian team at the 1987 Cricket World Cup in the subcontinent where India reached the semi-finals. Later, he managed Hyderabad Blues in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Tournament and served as the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Man Singh's residence in Karkhana, Secunderabad, named "Pavilion", houses a cricket memorabilia room which was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar in 2003. The collection includes hundreds of books, ties and bats which he had assembled since the 1950s.[6][8]

In popular culture[edit]

The 2021 Indian film '83, which is based on India's World Cup win, will feature Pankaj Tripathi portraying Man Singh's character.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lokapally, Vijay (26 June 2019). "When manager flouted Board rules". Sportstar. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  2. "Man Singh". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  3. Subrahmanyam, V. V. (25 May 2019). "I enjoyed every bit of my role, says 1983 cricket World Cup manager Man Singh". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  5. "1983 WC triumph: did you know?". News18. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "PR Man Singh: One-man treasure trove of cricket tales and memorabilia". Cricbuzz. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  7. "When Kapil's Devils made a scribe eat his words". DNA India. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  8. Das, Jagannath (5 July 2019). "Chattis saal baad…Man Singh has it all". Telangana Today. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  9. "Pankaj Tripathi on meeting manager Man Singh for 83: Got emotional listening to his life journey". India Today. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.

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