Harbhajan Singh, the former India spin wizard heaped praise on the Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh, and make a bold prediction on his future. IPL 2022 saw the emergence of multiple quality domestic players.
While pacer Umran Malik stood out for the Sunrisers Hyderabad for his incredible pace, the likes of batters Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Tilak Varma, and Abhishek Sharma also produced consistent performances for their respective franchises in the season. One such player who, on paper, didn’t take as many wickets but delivered in crunch moments for his side was Punjab Kings’ Arshdeep Singh.
Harbhajan Singh: Arshdeep Singh A Fearless Bowler Who Doesn’t Get Bogged Down During Pressure Situations
The left-arm pacer took 10 wickets in 13 matches and bowled at a decent economy rate of 7.82, but a more impressive aspect of his bowling was his ability to nail yorkers at will – especially in death overs. It impressed former India spinner Harbhajan Singh, who believes that Arshdeep Singh is not far away from an India call-up.
“The best thing about Arshdeep Singh is that he’s a fearless bowler. He’s got a lion’s heart. While many players get bogged down during pressure situations but he flourishes more often than not during tense moments,” said Harbhajan Singh.
The Chetan Sharma-led BCCI selection committee will meet today(22nd May) to pick two separate squads. One squad under Shikhar Dhawan will play against South Africa and Ireland while the other squad under Rohit Sharma will leave for England on June 15. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik are all set to end Indian team exile. While Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh & Rahul Tripathi are expected to get their maiden India call-up.
The squad for South Africa will also travel to Ireland for two-match T20Is. After that, some members of that squad including Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan will join the rest of the squad in England.
Harbhajan Singh Recalled Arshdeep Singh Giving Suggestions to Kagiso Rabada To Bowl Which Line
Harbhajan Singh also recalled a moment during one of the games in the IPL 2022 when Arshdeep Singh was seen having a conversation with Kagiso Rabada after the latter had conceded a couple of big hits during a close match.
“There is so much confidence in this bowler and the belief that he can do well during tense moments. The other day we saw him giving suggestions to a world-class bowler like Kagiso Rabada on which line to bowl to. This shows how involved he is in the game and doesn’t shy away from sharing his thoughts with the senior players. He bowls yorkers at will in the death overs. I believe a left-arm pacer of this caliber should get a chance to play for India sooner rather than later,” Harbhajan said.
Punjab Kings have been knocked out of the race for playoffs and will play in their final match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, who are also eliminated from the playoff contention.
Though Arshdeep Singh (10 wickets) has been behind Umran Malik (21 wickets) in the wicket-taking list, the left-arm pacer has been phenomenal in the death overs with an economy rate of 7.31, the best among all bowlers in the the the tournament. Arshdeep Singh’s accuracy to bowl the ball of his choice has left Harbhajan Singh impressed apart from the youngster’s fearless attitude.
The youngster played 3 matches for PBKS 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.