Punjab Kings (PBKS) pacer Arshdeep Singh received his maiden call-up for Team India following another excellent individual outing in the IPL 2022 season.
Although his team failed to qualify for the playoffs, Arshdeep’s economic spells coupled with composure during death overs landed him a national team callup for the upcoming 5-match T20I series.
Arshdeep is intent on working hard and if given a chance against the Proteas, he hopes to do well.
“My father has lived his dream through me. I want this to last quite long and play for India for years. With the kind of training I have got since childhood, I have come to know that discipline is very important and you cannot be complacent at any point.”
“I have worked hard on my skills and maintained consistency. I believe in constant learning and improving. I don’t think much about too many things at one time. I will aim to do well against South Africa in the T20s if given a chance and not think about ODI or Test team selection,” Arshdeep stated.
Being a one-trick pony in T20s isn’t an option and having recognized it early on, Arshdeep worked on his variations including the slower ball and the yorker.
“It is very important to have variations in modern-day cricket. My coach here in Chandigarh has been a guiding force. We have been practicing bowling yorkers aggressively. And then have bowled yorkers in different situations keeping in mind a particular batsman.”
“There is a long way to go and I want to learn more about fast bowling. I hope my journey is long and enjoyable. I have become a bit calm through meditation and it has helped me understand the game better,” he further mentioned.
“The time I spent in Sri Lanka as a net bowler helped me” – Arshdeep Singh
Notably, Arshdeep was taken to Sri Lanka when India sent a second-string team under Rahul Dravid to play a white-ball series. He was part of the squad as a net bowler where he worked on his action and the move paid dividends.
“The time I spent in Sri Lanka as a net bowler when Rahul Dravid sir was the coach helped me look at things differently. I changed my action also after that stint which worked wonders.”
“Rahul sir has been there since I started playing for India U-19 and I am excited that he will be there in the Indian team as coach too. Being around the best helps a lot. And when you are wearing the Indian jersey then you just want to give your best,” the youngster concluded.