“Keeping Things Simple Helped” Arshdeep Singh On His Performance In 1st T20I vs West Indies

Young Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh said using variations, especially the slower ones, on a sticky wicket was key to his success in the T20 series opener against the West Indies. Arshdeep (2/24 in 4 overs), who played in the first T20I against England at Southampton earlier this month, took two wickets on his return to the national side. “It was a good experience. I’m happy with my performance. The team won, so the luck doubled. Due to a break, I’m playing after a long time. So I want to cooperate with Paras (Mhambrey) sir and improve in my fields”, Arshdeep said at the press conference.

“I think by keeping things simple and using the wicket a lot and using it slower and eventually just getting my hands on my Yorkers, I think that worked for me.” Arshdeep only played in his second game for India and attributed the clarity of his role in the team to his success.

“I was quite aware of my roles and responsibilities. Both the team management and the captain informed me about my role as a bowler when I have to come bowling and stuff.”

“That gave me a lot of clarity and confidence and I was able to plan accordingly. As Bhuvi bhai bowls, he keeps the pressure on one side and that helps me get wickets.” While Arshdeep was brought over to the cleaners by Kyle Myers in his very first over, he lost the batter in the fourth ball of his opening spell.

“He (Mayers) attacked from the start and he came out hard and could have taken a shot at the bouncer, but my instincts told me to go for it and it paid off.” The 23-year-old also acknowledged Dinesh Karthik’s (41 off 19 balls) role in bringing India to a solid 190-6.

“DK bhai played a great cameo and that gave us a good cushion as bowlers and the wicket was also sticky. As a bowling unit we bowled in the right areas.” While Arshdeep cleared Mayers with a bounce, all-rounder Akeal Hosein was hauled in by a pitch-perfect yorker.

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The West Indies were eventually limited to 122 for 8 to fall back on another loss as the visitors won the match by 68 runs.

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