Team India left-arm speedster Arshdeep Singh said that he felt his expensive spell in the fifth T20I against Australia could cost them the match. However, he was thankful as he got the final opportunity to bowl in the game and he held his nerve and secured a close victory for India against Australia.
The Indian team defeated Australia by six runs in the fifth and final T20I of the series at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday, December 3. Sent into bat after losing the toss, India posted 160/8 on the board and then held the Aussies to 154/8 as well. Arshdeep gave away 37 runs in the first three overs, but with Australia needing 10 runs off the last over, he kept his calm brilliantly, giving away only three runs and sealing the deal.
Speaking to JioCinema after the match, he said, “I guess, for the big part of the game, for almost 19 overs, I was thinking that I gave away too many runs, and I’d be the culprit of the game. But God gave me another chance and I believed in myself and thanks to God that I defended it and thanks to the staff as well, who believed in.”
The youngster credited captain Suryakumar Yadav for backing him under pressure and giving him confidence.
“To be honest, nothing was going in my mind. Surya bhai told me whatever has to happen will happen,” Arshdeep Singh again said.“Credit goes to our batters as well. They gave us a really good total here on a tricky wicket and we had a cushion of extra 15 to 20 runs,” the left-arm pacer added.
“I need to rethink and perform even better in the future. I will take all the learnings from this series. The bowling wasn’t near par, according to the standards of the Indian team, but a lot of lessons learnt. I will come back from the mistakes,” Arshdeep Singh concluded.