After allowing 27 runs to be scored by New Zealand in the final six deliveries of their innings during the first T20I on Friday, young Indian fast bowler Arshdeep Singh had a bad day in Ranchi. He misstepped to start the last over and delivered a no-ball, which Daryl Mitchell ultimately smacked for a six.
The Kiwi all-rounder followed up with two more sixes and a four. Arshdeep finished his stint with the statistics of 1/51 after conceding 27 runs, including four runs off the final two deliveries.
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Arshdeep Singh Needs To Think About His Bowling: Sanjay Bangar
In their allotted 20 overs, New Zealand managed to score a difficult 176/6 thanks to a costly last over. In response, despite some excellent innings from Washington Sundar and Suryakumar Yadav, the hosts could only score 155/9.
Sanjay Bangar, a former India batting coach, said Arshdeep wasn’t in his groove at Ranchi.
“Arshdeep wasn’t much effective today. He has been known for those wide yorkers that trouble the batters but today, he bowled mostly in the slot. I think he needs to think about his bowling a bit and make decisions wisely. It’s a journey.
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You may have a good start but there will be games where your skillsets will be tested. It depends upon you how much you believe in yourself and work on the basics. If he works on these factors, he might come out as a better bowler,” Bangar said in a discussion on Star Sports.
Mohammad Kaif Feels Longer Run-up Hurting Arshdeep Singh
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif explained Arshdeep’s no ball in the last over by saying the left-arm pacer’s very long run-up is interfering with his striding.
“Arshdeep has a longer run-up which itself means he might face stepping issues. He’s also wasting energy there. So, the main reason behind those over-stepped no-balls is his long run-up. And as he changes side too much, sometimes round the wicket, sometimes over. So, he needs to work on the basics and stay a bit relaxed. He is a good bowler but didn’t have a great day,” Kaif said.
Kaif concurred, and Bangar repeated, “Like Kaif said, his run-up is longer than required. A bowler needs to figure that out. I you are a progressing fast-bowler and don’t have much power in the body, then run from a longer distance to create momentum.”
With the victory, New Zealand now leads the three-match series 1-0. On Sunday, the second game will take place in Lucknow.
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