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How life took a U-turn for Arshdeep Singh

November 23, 2020

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Had Arshdeep Singh left for Canada to settle, things would have been so different. The 21-year-old bowler was a key find for KXIP this season. Playing just 8 matches, Singh bagged 9 wickets this season, with the best bowling figures of 3/23 against SRH. His performance compared to that of last year has improved tremendously. Playing only 3 matches in IPL 2019, Singh picked only 3 wickets, with an expensive economy of 10.90 overall.

Singh’s father had other plans for Arshdeep initially. The bowler was asked to leave for Canada in 2017 and settle there, just like his elder brother did. However, Singh was determined to make his name in the world of cricket. Consequently, he asked this father to spare him a time of one year. Singh took this opportunity to his advantage, making it to the Punjab U-19 squad. He got his international breakthrough when he made it to India’s U-19 winning squad in 2018.

KXIP then recruited Arshdeep in 2019. Even though the youngster struggled initially, motivational words from his coach and team players helped him excel in the next season. Arshdeep managed to get wickets of big players such as Rohit Sharma, Andre Russell, and Manish Pandey. He also credited his success to Mohammed Shami, with his tips helping Singh to bowl better.

What changed for Singh in 2020?

Arshdeep caught the eyes of the KXIP management when he delivered consistent performances for India U-23 in 2019. Singh also picked up lots of wickets in the practice games, impressing coach Anil Kumble. Bowling alongside Shami and Jordan was not intimidating for Singh. Arshdeep has said that the duo helped him with his seam position. Arshdeep usually stays calm when he bowls to a big batsman and believes that execution is the most important.

Singh has idolized Indian bowler Irfan Pathan and seeks to develop similar to what Irfan Pathan possessed. He has been continuously working to improve his pace with bowling coach Jaswant Rai. Arshdeep is also part of the Punjab squad for the Ranji Trophy. He believes that Punjab could make it to the playoffs or even win the coveted title. Arshdeep could act as a catalyst to that.

Having fulfilled his dream, Arshdeep has not only one goal in mind-to represent India. With his family’s support now, Singh won’t be going to Canada anytime soon. Even if he does, it might be for a vacation break.

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