Delhi cricket coach and Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has said Arshdeep Singh has shown a lot of promise in the nascent stage of his international career but the young left-arm pacer might feel the pressure at Asia Cup 2022.
Arshdeep Singh is only one of the 3 pacers who has been picked in the 15-man squad for the Asia Cup in the UAE. Arshdeep is expected to play a key role along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh Khan as India have gone in with a spin-heavy attack in the UAE.
Rajkumar Sharma said captain Rohit Sharma has to play a key role in helping instill belief in Arshdeep Singh, especially when India takes on Pakistan in a high-pressure opener on August 28.
Arshdeep has played 6 T20Is since making his debut in July in England and has picked up 9 wickets, while conceding at a little over 6 runs per over. The left-arm pacer was rewarded for his impressive showing in the Indian Premier League and the 23-year-old has had a fine start to his career at the highest level.
“Rohit Sharma will have a huge role there in how he gives him the confidence that he is the lead bowler and that he is backing him. Arshdeep has shown a lot of promise. He has performed so well in the IPL and against the greats, so I don’t think he will take too much pressure,” Rajkumar Sharma said, as quoted by India Ahead News.
“There is no doubt that he is a fantastic bowler. He seems to be a thinking bowler, an intelligent bowler. But in international cricket, that too playing against Pakistan, the pressure is definitely there on a youngster,” he added.
Arshdeep is not part of India’s squad that will play a 3-match ODI series in Zimbabwe under KL Rahul’s captaincy from August 18. Deepak Chahar, however, returns to the Indian side and partners the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Sharul Thakur for the ODI series.
India’s Asia Cup stars are expected to leave for the UAE on August 20 as they gear up for their big-ticket opener against arch-rivals Pakistan.