Former Australia fast bowler, Brett Lee has shared his thoughts on how Arshdeep Singh ended up bowling a string of no balls in the second T20I played against Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune on January 5. Arshdeep has been one of the most promising bowlers for India in the T20I circuit recently and developed himself as a crucial cog, especially in the absence of mainstay Jasprit Bumrah.
Being an indispensable part of the bowling force, Arshdeep Singh was often the go-to bowler for the side whenever a wicket was required during the T20 World Cup 2022 down under. During the second T20I against Sri Lanka earlier this month, he bowled a flurry of no-balls, which in turn shifted the momentum of the match in Sri Lanka’s favor.
Talking more about the incident, the former Australian fast bowler said that, “I saw India’s Arshdeep Singh completely lose it in that T20 game against Sri Lanka a few days back. He bowled no ball after no ball after no ball. 5 no balls in that game. It would be a hard pill to swallow for him. He only bowled two overs conceding 37 runs. And he was returning to the side after being sidelined with an injury.”
He further added, “He overstepped three times in a row in his second over. Sometimes a bowler can lose rhythm when they are coming back from an injury because they are trying too hard. They lose their shape and momentum. It’s tough because you want to achieve that dream of picking wickets and keeping the captain happy.”
The former fast bowler concluded by saying , “No ball is a bowler’s worst enemy. Nothing costs a bowler more mental agony and embarrassment than a no ball because you not only have to bowl an extra delivery, you give the license to the batter to do anything he/she wants. It’s a dagger through the bowler’s heart. Rhythm is a funny thing. A bowler can do magic if he/she has it but it makes you look hapless and helpless once that rhythm is lost.”