The left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh turned out to be a match-winner yesterday — and produced a fine spell of bowling to take his team home in a tough-fought match against RR. Arshdeep Singh picked up three wickets for 35 runs and he defended 13 runs off the last over when the odds weren’t in favour of him.
Sanju Samson’s heroic efforts weren’t enough for the day but will go down as one of the best knocks in IPL history as became the first player to hit a century on captaincy debut. In a match that went into the wire, Punjab Kings held their nerve to take two points and the Royals would be very disappointed 4 runs were the margin of defeat in the end.
Arshdeep Singh Describes The Emotions Through The Last Over
Arshdeep Singh revealed that the heartbeat was really fast before the last over and his plan was to execute six wide yorkers. Punjab had lost a lot of close games in the last edition and Arshdeep Singh was happy to come out on the winning side in a close encounter. He appreciated the support staff for supporting him through the difficult times and for giving him a lot of confidence.
“Now it is beating pretty good. Before the last over, it was beating pretty fast. The plan was simple and it was to execute six balls wide outside off. I tried to york him. The only thing he could get was a four. But he got under one of those,” said Arshdeep Singh on Star Sports.
“But still the plan was to execute the same. The staff and the captain have been very supportive. They were telling me in the practice game, what role I need to play. That really helps the confidence,” he added.
Syed Mushtaq Ali Form Helping Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh had a pretty good season in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he explained how it helped him bowl at the right areas from the word go. He almost had the wicket of Sanju Samson early when KL Rahul dropped a sitter behind the wickets. He conceded just one boundary in the final over.
“The form was really good in the 20 over tournament (Syed Mushtaq Ali). The ball was coming out nicely. We have a knack for playing close games. Good to get those two points,” Arshdeep said on Star Sports
Sanju Samson backed himself to clear the ropes in the final delivery with five runs needed, but Arshdeep had his field right and executed the ball at the right area to restrict it from a boundary.