India were eliminated from the 2022 T20 World Cup after losing to England in the semi-finals. The Rohit Sharma-led squad had a great run throughout the competition in the Super 12 stage, losing only one match against South Africa. Fast bowler Arshdeep Singh has emerged as one of India’s breakout talents in 2022.
The young left-arm fast has quickly established himself in India’s T20I squad and looks set to do the same in ODIs as well. He has become skipper Rohit Sharma’s go-to bowler in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah since his debut in June, capable of bowling well with the new ball and in the death overs, taking 33 wickets in 23 matches.
Arshdeep Singh Showed What He Is Made Of – Brett Lee
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee praised India’s Arshdeep Singh for his outstanding performance in the T20 World Cup.
“We go back to only a few months ago when Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of this T20 World Cup. Everyone thought huge shoes to fill, definitely true, he is a superstar of the game with his world-class yorkers. He is a three-format bowler, he bowls well at the death,” said Brett Lee on his YouTube channel.
“But in cricket, as we know, one man’s absence is another man’s opportunity to shine. And this young man Arshdeep, he is playing first-ever World Cup event, on the big stage, he showed what he is made of. He is my new favourite left-arm pacer from India. I like what he has done”
“Very often teams don’t know what to do with these young and breakout stars. We have seen it before when young players get involved and advices from players, TV, commentators, at the hotel. Every man means well but very often, too much advice can be counter-productive. So, I think Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma have the responsibility to shield Arshdeep Singh from this overdose of advice,” he added.
Arshdeep Singh made his India debut in July during the T20I series against England and was impressed with figures of 2/18 from 3.3 overs in Southampton. The youngster did well in the home bilateral series against South Africa, taking five wickets at an average of 18.80 in two games.
With Jasprit Bumrah out of the T20 World Cup due to a back injury, Arshdeep stepped up to take up the pace bowling responsibilities. The left-arm pacer contributed significantly to the Men in Blue in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, taking 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 15.60 and an economy rate of 7.80.
In India’s final T20I against New Zealand in Napier, the 23-year-old registered his career-best T20I figures (4/37). On the same tour, he made his ODI debut in Auckland.