Indian summer for Ballina Bears
WHETHER it's his keen sense of humour or the complimentary fruit trays he provides at the tea break, there is no denying the popularity of Indian spinner Ravi Singh at Ballina Bears Cricket Club.
Singh, 28, has come up from the lower grades this season and has been a welcome addition to Bears in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
He will get a chance to bowl his off-spinners against Alstonville when their two-day game is completed at Fripp Oval, Ballina, today.
"He's a lovable type character and always brings a platter from the fruit and veg shop,” coach Phil Melville said.
"We call him the mystery man because we never know what he's going to come out with when he bowls.
"It could be a bit of off- spin or his wrist spinners, you never really know.”
Singh has been in Australia for almost 10 years and originally worked in a nursery on the Gold Coast.
He has also lived at Tweed Heads, Cabarita and Pottsville.
He is now married with two children and has run Farm Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Asian Grocery in Ballina since 2012.
"Everyone seems to enjoy my fruit at least,” Singh joked.
"I didn't come to Ballina for cricket but there are some really good people here and I'm enjoying it now.
"I obviously played back home (in India) but it was hard to find the time during my first couple years with the shop.
"There are some young guys coming through at Bears and I'm happy to play in any grade they put me just as long as I'm playing cricket.”
Singh comes from Punjab in the north of India and has made Australia his home after almost a decade here.
"I had a friend and one my my cousins here and I just wanted to try something different after school,” Singh said.
"I was single when I moved here but I've been back to India with my wife and can always go back to see family.
"We met on the Gold Coast and got married at Bangalow four years ago so this is our home now.”
Singh's favourite cricketers are Australian opener David Warner and Indian captain Virat Kohli, and he is happy to support either team when they play each other.
In other games to be completed today:
Marist Brothers will resume at 4-82 after bowling out Pottsville for 127 at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
The Casino Cavaliers are 6-135, having already taken first innings points against Lennox Head, which was bowled out for 133 at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head
Cudgen is 1-65 chasing Tintenbar-East Ballina's 197 at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.