Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh said he was informed about his role by captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. The left-arm fast bowler played in his second T20I game on Friday when India clashed with the West Indies in the first T20I match in Trinidad.
Arshdeep picked a couple of wickets to finish his spell with figures 2/24 from four overs at an economy rate of 6.
Arshdeep was hit for a six and a four by West Indies opener Kyle Mayers but bounced back with a short ball and got the batter caught at mid-wicket. He bowled a sterling inswinging yorker to clean up Akeal Hosein.
I am happy with my performance: Arshdeep Singh
India went on to win the game by 68 runs after restricting the hosts to 122 for eight in 20 overs.
“It was a good experience. I am happy with my performance. The team won, so the happiness doubled. Due to a break, I am playing after a long time. So, I want to work with Paras (Mhambrey) sir (bowling coach) and improve on my areas,” Arshdeep said at the post-match press conference.
“I guess, keeping things simple and using the wicket a lot and using the slower one and at the last just trying to nail my yorkers, I think that worked for me,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar keeps the pressure at one end for me: Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep took inspiration from his bowling partner – Bhuvneshwar Kumar – and how his presence helps him to improve his game.
“I was pretty aware of my roles and responsibilities. Both the team management and the captain briefed me about my role as a bowler when I have to come to bowl and all,” Arshdeep said.
“That gave me a lot of clarity and confidence and I could plan accordingly. The way Bhuvi bhai bowls, he keeps the pressure at one end and that helps me to get wickets,” he added.
India will play the second T20I match against the West Indies on August 1 at the Warner Park in St Kitts.