The wait is finally over for Arshdeep Singh. The PBKS pacer will make his debut for India in the first T20I vs England. The 23-year-old received his cap from the captain himself, Rohit Sharma.
Arshdeep Singh is the next big thing in Indian cricket. Over after over, game after game, and week after week, Arshdeep has done his job with utter perfection.
You may not have heard a lot about him during the IPL. He is not as fast as Umran Malik or was part of a team like Prasidh Krishna, who continuously puts in great performances.
But nonetheless, he did his job time and again. But Punjab losing didn't allow the focus to be on him.
Consider this, in one of Punjab's games - Rajasthan Royals needed 11 runs off 12 deliveries. With Heymyer and Padikkal at the crease, the game had no business going till the last over.
Arshdeep Singh came in to bowl the most important over of the game, nailed 4 perfect yorkers, sent Padikkal back, and gave away just three runs. He made a match out of something that wasn't even there. If Punjab had won the game, Singh's penultimate over would have been all over our channels and social media. But since RR won the match, no one is talked about it.
The man has put in the hard yards and has been consistent for a couple of seasons. Let's see how his debut pans out.
As far as the match was concerned, India have won the toss and Rohit Sharma has opted to bowl first.
"We are gonna bat first. Looks like a good wicket. Good pitch, the sun is out, better to bat first. Recovered pretty well, and had a couple of hits before getting into this game. We know the scheduling, we got to have the understanding. We are making him (Arshdeep) play, the other guys will have their chance. Arshdeep has done well in the IPL, and looks an exciting prospect", said Rohit.
However, Buttler, who is taking over as England's white ball captain after Eoin Morgan didn't look too worried about losing the toss either.
"Very proud day, captaining your country. Eoin has left the team in a great place The Test team has been fantastic to watch. Hopefully, we can ride that momentum. Gleeson, Willey, and Salt miss out We have a couple of all-rounders", said Buttler.
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