PBKS bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
PBKS bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)

Arshdeep Singh is ecstatic after being named in India’s squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, beginning June 9. 23-year-old pacer Arshdeep Singh has played in four seasons of Indian Premier League (IPL) so far and has managed to create a reputation for himself and that is — being the death overs specialist.

The Punjab Kings bowler can nail yorkers at will in the death overs which is the biggest reason for receiving a call-up to the senior national side for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, beginning June 9 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

Arshdeep Singh [photo: Twitter]
Arshdeep Singh [photo: Twitter]

Arshdeep Singh Ecstatic After Being Named In Indian Squad

Arshdeep Singh talked about his immediate feelings after being named to face the Proteas in the T20I squad and how over the years, he managed to nail the art of bowling yorkers.

“We were traveling in the team bus on Sunday when I got the message of being picked (in Indian T20I side), then I did not feel much on how to react as we were going for the game. Right now, I am feeling really good as congratulatory messages are still coming in and my family is also being congratulated. I am grateful after being picked in the squad,” Arshdeep Singh said. 

When asked how he prepares for every game, the young pacer said: “You always have butterflies in your stomach, no matter how much cricket you play. The excitement to play cricket is always there in a cricketer. But when you get the role clarity from your team, it makes things easier in terms of execution. I follow my routines and processes before each game and I try to make sure I do not miss them.”

In the 2022 IPL season, Arshdeep Singh took 10 wickets in 14 games with an economy rate of 7.70 and an average of 38.50. He might not have many wickets in his credit, but the stats won’t reveal how he managed to make the death overs his own by delivering yorkers with great precision.

“I guess, it is all about repetition (on how he has managed to deliver yorkers on a consistent basis). Yorker is a delivery that you learn to perfect after bowling it ball after ball. It is based on how you feel on that day and how the wicket is.

“The credit goes to my bowling coach Jaswant Rai and also the bowling of PBKS– Damien Wright. They have worked a lot with me, before the match, Wright used to tell me that I should practice bowling yorkers with the wet ball as well because if dew comes in, then there are chances of missing the yorkers,” said Arshdeep.

Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh (Image: IPL Twitter)

“I want to work on my consistency. I want to be more consistent. Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey sir would be there, Rahul Dravid sir would be there, I will try to pick their brains and I will try to figure out in what mental state the player should be in,” he added.

The youngster Arshdeep Singh played 3 matches for Punjab Kings in the 2019 season and was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2020 IPL auction. A year later, Arshdeep Singh continued his rise and went on to enjoy a fine run of form, taking his IPL wicket tally to 30 from 23 matches, leading PBKS to retain him ahead of the TATA IPL 2022 auction.

The tall bowler is known to use his 6’3” frame to his advantage. He picked 18 scalps in IPL 2021 in 12 games averaging a mere 19 last season. So far, he has 40 scalps in 37 games averaging 26.35 with a best of 5/32.

Arshdeep Singh Shared Experience Of Working With Punjab Kings’ Teammate Proteas Kagiso Rabada

Last year, Arshdeep Singh was named in India’s squad as a net bowler for the white ball series against Sri Lanka in July. After some positive COVID-19 cases within the camp, he was added to the main squad, but he is still waiting to make his debut for India.

“That experience of being in the squad was a very good experience. It was my first time traveling with the team. You always get to learn, you get to know about their mindset. I was always trying to pick their brains,” said the 23-year-old.

Kagiso Rabada celebrating a wicket. (Credits: Twitter)
Kagiso Rabada celebrating a wicket. (Credits: Twitter)

Lastly, talking about his experience of working with Kagiso Rabada at Punjab Kings, Arshdeep said: “Rabada is a nice and humble person. He always gives his best for the country and franchise.

“He is a very good bowler, I am really grateful that I got the opportunity to share the dressing room with him. We always talked about what his mindset is in different situations. I guess we talked about that and I learned a lot by picking his brains.”

Kagiso Rabada was IPL 2020’s leading wicket-taker (purple cap winner). He had picked 23 scalps in IPL 2022 playing 13 games and averaging an impressive 17.65 and was Punjab’s leading wicket-taker this season.