Arshdeep Singh an inspiration for youth: Punjab Sports Minister speaks to pacer’s mother
Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on Monday spoke to the mother of Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh, who is currently representing the Indian team at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 in UAE.
The 23-year-old Indian pacer is under pressure for missing a crucial catch during Pakistan’s 18th over against India in the Super Four phase match as the latter team was attempting to score 182 runs. Asif Ali, who had been dropped by Singh, made the most of his reprieve when Pakistan smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 19 runs in the following over. In the final over, Arshdeep Singh was given the opportunity to bowl while protecting seven runs, but he failed. Despite having excellent bowling numbers of 1/27 in 3.5 overs when he returned, Singh’s dropped catch infuriated spectators to the point where many of them rushed to social media to harass and attack the young bowler.
The entire state of Punjab and the nation are with Arshdeep, Minister Meet Hayer told the pacer’s mother Baljit Kaur over the phone, adding that he will “personally greet” the pacer upon his return to the nation.
“Arshdeep is a talented player of our country and the team’s captain turns to him when it comes to bowling on important occasions. Also Arshdeep is a source of inspiration for the youth,” he said.
“Victory or defeat is given in game. @arshdeepsinghh is upcoming star who carved out niche in a short span. Performed excellent against Pakistan. Regressive psyche to troll him on drop of just a catch. Arshdeep is future of nation. Inspiration for youth. Hate has no place in sports,” tweeted the minister.
Coming to the match, put to bat first by Pakistan, India put on 181/7 in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli blasted a reliable 60 from 44 balls to record his second successive half-century of the competition. Similarly, captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored 28 runs in rapid succession. And put together a scorching opening stand of 54 runs.
Spinner Shadab Khan had Pakistan’s finest bowling performance, recording a 2/31. Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah, all pacers, each claimed a wicket. Mohammad Nawaz scored a wicket as well.
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman cheaply lost while chasing 182 points. But to keep their team in the game, Mohammed Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz put on a 73-run stand. Team India’s prospects of winning the match improved. Following the dismissals of Nawaz for 42 off 20 balls and Rizwan for 71 off 51 balls.
However, crucial contributions from Khusdil Shah (14*) and Asif Ali (16) helped their team cross the finish line. With one ball remaining and win by a score of five wickets.
The pick of bowlers bowlers for India were Arshdeep Singh (1/27) and Ravi Bishnoi (1/26). Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal also took a wicket each.
Nawaz named “Man of the Match” for his all-round performance of 42 runs and 1/25.