Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh’s parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a ‘positive way’

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Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh's parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a 'positive way'
Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh's parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a 'positive way'

Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh’s parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a ‘positive way’

Asia Cup 2022: The parents of pacer Arshdeep Singh offered their son and the entire India team words of love and encouragement following India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. They also said that the family is taking all the remarks on the internet in a “good way.”

The 23-year-old Indian pacer is under fire 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, whom Singh had dismissed, made the most of the opportunity presented to him by hitting Pakistani pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 19 runs in the subsequent over. The final over was assigned to Arshdeep Singh, who failed to stop seven runs. After missing the critical catch, Arshdeep was the subject of cruel online trolls. On Singh’s Wikipedia article, “India” was changed to “Khalistan” by an anonymous user, however these modifications were quickly reversed by another editor. Reportedly, some handles from Pakistan also became active.

Arshdeep’s father Darshan Singh said that the family was watching the match. “Everyone wants their team to win. When it does not happen, fans take out their anger on players through their words. We are taking this all in a positive manner. The match was pretty nice,” said Darshan to ANI.

Darshan said that he has talked to Arshdeep and he is unaffected by the remarks made online at the moment and is instead concentrating on the pros and drawbacks of the last game as he prepares for the upcoming match against Sri Lanka.

Although the game against Pakistan ended in a loss, Pacer’s mother Daljeet Kaur added that mistakes are inevitable.

“People’s work is to talk. If they criticise a player, they do so because they love him and want him to do good. We are taking it (comments on the internet) positively. We were praying that Arshdeep would stop those two runs. Dropped catches are a part of the game. But he made up for it in the next over,” he added.

Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh's parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a 'positive way'
Asia Cup 2022: Arshdeep Singh’s parents say fans want team to win, taking comments in a ‘positive way’

The parents of Arshdeep hope that India wins the trophy for the seventh time. And that Pakistan and India meet for the third time in the final. They exhorted the supporters to be patient and back Team India.

Notably, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has noted that the cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page has been altered to link him to Khalistan, and the MeitY is poised to take action on Wikipedia, according to reports.

The Ministry of Electronics and Technology on Monday said that “no intermediary operating in India can permit this type of misinformation” after cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page edited by an unregistered user, linking him to the separatist Khalistani movement.

“No intermediary operating in India can permit this type of misinformation and deliberate efforts to incitement and user harm – violates our govt’s expectation of Safe & Trusted Internet,” tweeted Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MoS Electronics and Technology.

Pictures shared on social media, stating that “he named in Khalistan squad for the 2018 under-19 World Cup.” The edit history of Arshdeep’s Wikipedia page revealed that the user who made those changes unregistered and using the internet protocol (IP) address 39.41.171.125.

The user also edited his name to “Major Arshdeep Singh Langra” and a minute later, to “Major Arshdeep Singh Bajwa”. Many random changes done to Singh’s game statistics.

The address allocation records showed that the particular address allocated to the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).

The Indian cricket community has also spoken out in favour of the young pacer who lost an important catch in the match’s 18th over.

Indian batter Virat Kohli had some strong words in his support and said; “Even when I played my first game against Pakistan in Champions Trophy. I played a bad shot and got out. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure. It is natural to feel bad. The team environment is great right now, credit for this goes to management and the captain. So one must accept his mistake, address it. And look forward to being in that pressure situation once again,” said Kohli in a post-match press conference on Sunday.

The former India spinner Harbhajan Singh defended him, saying that no one intentionally drops catches and that the young seamer shouldn’t blamed.

“Stop criticising young @arshdeepsinghh. No one drops a catch purposely..we are proud of our boys .. Pakistan played better.. shame on such people who r putting our own guys down by saying cheap things on this platform bout Arsh and the team.. Arsh is GOLD,” Harbhajan tweeted.

Coming to the match, put to bat first by Pakistan, India put on 181/7 in their 20 overs. Pakistan successfully completed the 182-run chase with one delivery remaining and a margin of five wickets.