23-year-old pacer Arshdeep Singh has played four seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) so far and has managed to build a reputation for himself as the death specialist. The Punjab Kings pitcher can nail the yorkers at will to the death and that’s the main reason why he got a call up to the senior national team for the upcoming five-game T20I series against South Africa, at from June 9 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
In a chat with The New Zealand Times on Thursday, Arshdeep spoke about his immediate feelings after being named to the T20I team and how over the years he has managed to master the art of bowling yorkers.
“We were traveling on the team bus on Sunday when I got the message to be picked (from the Indian side of the T20I) so I didn’t feel much on how to react as we were going for the game. Right now, I feel really good that congratulatory messages keep coming in and congratulations to my family as well. I’m grateful to have been chosen in the team,” Arshdeep told The New Zealand Times.
When asked how he prepares for each game, the young pacer said: “You always have butterflies in your stomach no matter how much cricket you play. The excitement of playing cricket is always there in a cricketer. But when you get clarity on your team’s role, it makes it easier in terms of execution. I follow my routines and processes before every game and try to make sure I don’t miss them.
In the 2022 IPL season, Arshdeep took 10 wickets with a save rate of 7.70 and an average of 38.50. He may not have many wickets under his belt, but the stats won’t reveal how he managed to own the death by delivering yorkers with great accuracy.
“I guess it’s all about repetition (about how well he’s been able to deliver yorkers consistently). Yorker is a delivery that you learn to perfect after playing ball after ball. It’s based on what you feel that day. and how is the wicket. Credit goes to my bowling coach Jaswant Rai and also PBKS bowling– Damien Wright. They worked with me a lot, before the game, Wright was telling me that I should practice bowling yorkers with the wet ball too because if the dew gets in there is a chance of missing the yorkers,” Arshdeep said.
“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 try to figure out what mental state the player is in should be there,” he added.
Last year, Arshdeep was named to the Indian squad as a net bowler for the series against Sri Lanka in July. After a few positive cases of COVID-19 in the camp, he was added to the main squad, but he is still waiting to make his debut.
“This experience of being in the team was a very good experience. It was the first time I traveled with the team. You always learn, you get to know their state of mind. I always tried to choose their brain,” the 23-year-old said.
Lastly, speaking about his experience working with Kagiso Rabada at Punjab Kings, Arshdeep said, “Rabada is a kind and humble person. He always does his best for the country and the franchise. He is a very good bowler, I “I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to share the locker room with him. We always talked about his state of mind in different situations. I guess we talked about it and I learned a lot by choosing his brain. “
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