Fans launched a scathing attack on Arshdeep Singh after his poor showing led to Team India’s defeat in the first T20I against New Zealand on Friday.
Known for producing excellent yorkers in the death overs and giving batters ample opportunities by delivering no-balls by overstepping the bowling mark, the left-arm speedster has proved to be like a double-edged sword for India.
Yet again, his problem of overstepping, resulting in no-balls and free-hits, came to haunt Arshdeep Singh against the Kiwi batters as he gave away 27 runs in the final over of their innings.
Notably, until then, Arshdeep Singh had a good day at the office, bowling his first three overs for just 24 runs and also picking up a wicket in the process.
However, the southpaw began the 20th over on the worst possible note, bowling a no-ball that went for a six. The next delivery which was a free-hit was smashed for a maximum by Daryl Mitchell who followed it up with another six on the third ball of the over.
Subsequently, Daryl Mitchell clobbered Arshdeep Singh for a boundary before taking a couple of twos before the India fast bowler’s misery came to an end after the New Zealand innings.
After his disappointing outing at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi, fans lashed at Arshdeep Singh.
While some dubbed him an “idiot”, others labeled him a “pimp” for helping the opposition team to win with the help of his sub-standard performances.
On the other hand, some even called for his exclusion from the Rohit Sharma-led side as they claimed that the Sikh bowler had lost his edge and no longer deserved a place in the national team.
“Concerning to see Arshdeep being unable to execute the very skill that got him into the team – death bowling. Been that way for a while, even when he’s bowled well with the new ball,” a Team India admirer wrote on Twitter.
Abhey Bc @arshdeepsinghh , kya Chutiya bowling re 🖕🖕🖕 It was supposed to be below 160 score .but this Chutiya made it to 170+ @BCCI lawada lo Captaincy @hardikpandya7 #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/JjjjDjeDM9
— 🌟ÑËŃÊ🌟 (@sudarshanred143) January 27, 2023
All thanks to Arshdeep Singh!!
India lost today because Arshdeep wanted 177 target!
New Zealand could be wrapped under 165 and India could easily chase it.
But Arshdeep won it for New Zealand!! Shame!
— Gyaani-Cricketer 🇮🇳 (@GyaaniCricketer) January 27, 2023
Arshdeep might be the only player in India who doesn't know bowling batting fielding still get place in Team. He is the worst ever player I have seen so far.@C4CRICVENKATESH
— $@! (@ImSai4u) January 27, 2023
IND lose 1st T 20 to NZ by 25 runs despite the heroics of SKY, Pandya and Washington Sundar ( 50 ).
This is what happens when stubborn idiots like ARSHDEEP are played in the team.
Arshdeep gave away 27 runs in the critical 20th over due to his being absolutely silly.
— Arun dogra (@Arundog92655094) January 27, 2023
Arshdeep is Overrated Bowler He is Unfit For India
— Janasainiks (@Janasainiks7) January 27, 2023
Arshdeep Singh bowls a 27 run last over
Concedes a maiden while batting
India lose by 21 runs
Always plays for opposition
Bowls no balls again and again
— Mogambo ✪ ❄️ (@UberHandle) January 27, 2023
Arshdeep Singh is probably the most bipolar player of India ever
He'll either win it for us or make sure we lose. #INDvNZ #arshdeepsingh
— Kaustubh Bhogle (@KaustubhKB13) January 27, 2023
Earlier, this month, Arsdeep Singh found himself among the top trends on Twitter following his horrible display in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune.
During his disappointing outing, Arshdeep Singh went on to deliver 5 no-balls, making him the first Indian to achieve this bizarre feat. Previously, the record was held by Ishant Sharma, who had bowled three no-balls in a single T20I. He also became the first Indian bowler to produce three no-balls on the trot in a T2OI against the Dasun Shanaka-led team.
Arshdeep Singh’s poor showing in that contest earned him the ire of skipper Hardik Pandya who labeled the no-balls that he bowled with alarming regularity in the match a “crime”.
“You can have a good day, you can have a bad day, but you shouldn’t be moving away from the basics. For Arshdeep, in this situation, it is very difficult. In past as well he’s bowled no-balls,” Hardik Pandya said at the time.
“It is not about blaming him or being too hard on him, but we know no-balls in any format is a crime,” he added.
“In bowling and batting, the powerplay hurt us. We made some basic errors, which we shouldn’t be making at this level. Everyone knows what it is, the learning for us is we should be focussing on what we can control,” Hardik Pandya elaborated.
Joining Hardik Pandya in slamming Arshdeep Singh were the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, 2011 World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir, and the former India opener Aakash Chopra.
“As a professional, you can’t be doing this. We often hear that today’s players say, things aren’t in our control. Not bowling no ball is in your control. What happens after you deliver the ball, what the batsman does, is another thing. Not bowling a no ball is definitely in your control,” Sunil Gavaskar said on air while commentating about the match on Star Sports.
“It was a slight anomaly in the last match, we don’t bowl so many no-balls. It is true that Arshdeep has bowled the most no-balls in the last 12 months. So it’s a recurring problem, a problem that has come before him repeatedly and troubled him slightly, but I would still stand by him to rectify it,” Aakash Chopra said.
“It happens at times, you come out of the cold and then you are not well, and then suddenly you play and your foot does not fall at the right place, the confidence is gone and things go bad. So I would want an improvement there and it will happen, I am not worried,” Aakash Chopra summed up.