Former India selector Saba Karim slams Arshdeep Singh who created an unwanted record in the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka on January 5 by bowling the most no-balls in T20I history.
Saba Karim Slams Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh bowled a total of 14 no balls after playing 7 innings and becomes the player to bowl the most no balls in T20I history. Arshdeep’s problem with no-balls forced captain Hardik Pandya not to use him further in the match, which India lost by 16 runs at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
While speaking to the media, Karim questioned the team management’s decision to give Arshdeep a long break after the T20 World Cup, adding that a bowler like him needs regular game time to maintain his rhythm.
“Yes, he has a technical shortcoming. It’s up to Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach) to figure out that why is he overstepping. There may be a number of reasons. It generally happens when you lose rhythm in your run-up.
What was the need to give him such a long break? Why didn’t he travel to Bangladesh to play some games? Did he play any domestic cricket since coming back? He is such a fluid bowler and needs to play as many matches as he possibly can,” said Karim.
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Karim suggested that Arshdeep needs to go back to the basics, which will eventually help him to regain his lost rhythm.
“Once you are on the field, you have to be at the top of your mark. You can’t be rusty. But that didn’t happen with Arshdeep. He needs to find out the rhythm in the run-up. If it happens once in a while one can understand.
But, in a T20 game, you can’t bowl 6-7 with no balls. He needs to go back to the basics and I am sure he can come up with a much better kind of rhythm,” he added.
The last and series decider match of the Sri Lanka tour of India will be played on January 7 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.