Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh. Image: BCCI/Twitter

Later this month, the United Arab Emirates will host the Asia Cup T20 for the year 2022. The competition will begin on August 27 with India expected to play its opening match against archrival Pakistan the following day.

This Sunday’s (August 28) match at Dubai International Stadium will be the first time these two close-proximity teams have faced off since the T20 World Cup, when Pakistan finally defeated India for the first time in a World Cup competition.

Pakistan’s lineup for the six-team competition has already been revealed, while the Indian team will be revealed on Monday, August 8, following the end of the five-match T20I series against Pakistan. 

Indian National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)
Indian National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Saba Karim Wants Arshdeep Singh In Indian Team For Asia Cup

India has evaluated up to 31 players in the shortest version of the game since the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, so when the selectors gather on Monday in Mumbai to choose the side, they will have a sufficient pool of players from which to choose. 

India has tested the most players in the pace attack, and the most of them have done well enough to establish a claim. But because there is so little room, most of them will be left out.

Arshdeep Singh. PC-AP
Arshdeep Singh. PC-AP

However, teenage bowler Arshdeep Singh, who made his T20I debut against England last month and has since been in the first three more T20Is versus West Indies, according to former Indian selector Saba Karim,. 

Karim thinks that Arshdeep is now one of the best pacers in the nation, at least in the shortest format, and that he should be selected for the team based on this quality more than the diversity a left-arm seamer can offer. 

“I don’t agree with the theory that they should play Arshdeep just because he is a left-arm seamer and they need variety. He should play because he is one of the best among the three-four fast bowlers at the moment,” Saba told India News Sports. 

Arshdeep Singh’s Performance In Last Two Games Can Take Him To T20 World Cup: Reetinder Singh Sodhi

Reetinder Sodhi, a former Indian cricketer and selector who was a member of the same panel, joined the former stumper and shared his thoughts on Arshdeep’s outstanding start in international cricket. 

Arshdeep Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)
Arshdeep Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)

The Punjab pacer’s performance in the final two games against West Indies in the United States, according to Sodhi, will determine his status in the Indian side for the T20 World Cup. 

“Arshdeep Singh already looks ready and has delivered whenever his team has needed him to. In any crunch situation, he seems to have confidence in his shoulders and is very calm under pressure.

His variations have also been spot on, and he should focus on the upcoming games. If he does well in the last two games, he is definitely going to the [T20] World Cup.” 

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