Arshdeep Singh Is Pleased To Have Played Under Prithvi Shaw
By CricShots - Feb 7, 2018 7:21 am
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Indian U-19 speedster Arshdeep Singh returned to his Kharar home after attending the dinner hosted by the BCCI for the U-19 World Champions in Mumbai on Monday night, the 19-year-old Punjab cricketer asked his parents to pack his kit. He played 2 matches in the World Cup. Now he will play for Punjab in the BCCI U-23 ODI League quarterfinals to be played in Kanpur from February 9.

Arshdeep Singh with his parents

Talking about the matches he played, Singh said, “It feels great to be part of the U-19 World Cup winning team. Even though I got a chance to bowl in two matches, it was a moment to remember for me. Playing under captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid was a dream come true for me. Listening to him and understanding how to execute the plans helped my confidence a lot. The only thing which I feared was speaking in English at the team meetings.”

Arshdeep started playing cricket five years ago under coach Jaswant Rai at Guru Nanak Public School. He picked 19 wickets in five matches in the Punjab Inter-District ODI Championship apart from claiming 13 wickets for Punjab in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. The youngster showed his fine form as he was clocking 140 kph while playing for India Red in the Challenger Trophy in December.

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The U-19 World Cup Arshdeep bowled along with the fellow pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Talking about the experience, he said, “Nagarkoti and Mavi bowled in excess of 145 kph in the World Cup and we would discuss bowling on New Zealand pitches. Our bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey sir, also helped me a lot. I also met the Australian coach, former fast bowler Ryan Harris, which was also a memorable experience.” 

For parents, Darshan Singh and Baljit Kaur, the brief stay of their son meant making preparations for Arshdeep’s favorite dish, masur ki daal. Mr. Singh described, “When I was posted with CISF as part of CM’s security in Chandigarh, Arshdeep showed his interest in cricket. Later, when he would travel for matches, I quit my job since the CISF job was transferrable and joined a private firm in Ropar as it meant that I would stay at Kharar. The World Cup medal is the biggest reward for us.”