After missing Jasprit Bumrah to back injury, India’s bowling unit has become considerably weak in experience and quality. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t been impressive in the death overs, Harshal Patel looks a completely different cricketer - for worse - since his return from injury and Mohammed Shami hasn’t played any T20I match since last year’s World Cup.
That, in itself, has brought the focus to Arshdeep Singh, who in his own right, has been on a spree of his own. After impressing in the Asia Cup, Arshdeep Singh has become the designated death bowler for India and will play a huge role in the side’s performance in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar has a few words of advice for the Punjab speedster, stating that the pacer commits to his plans instead of deviating from it when batters approach it differently.
"Arshdeep has shown a lot of promise, and he looks a balanced guy. And whatever I have seen of him, he looks a committed fellow because you can see a player, you can make out looking at his mindset," Tendulkar told PTI.
"What I really like is that if Arshdeep has a plan, he commits to it, and that is really, really important in this format as batters are going out and playing those extra shots, and some innovative ones. So if you have a plan, commit to it."
From all probability, India would go ahead with Dinesh Karthik as the wicket-keeper batsman alongside five bowlers and in that case, Rishabh Pant will have to warm the bench. In his 62-match T20I career, Pant averages 24.02 at a strike rate of 127.45, really lackadaisical from every angle. Heading into the World Cup, his form has dipped further and the only thing that has worked in his favor is his sinisterity. The Master Blaster stated that it is a required virtue to unsettle the opposition bowling unit.
"Left-handers without any doubt add in value, and bowlers have to adjust, fielders have to adjust, and if they are able to rotate strike consistently, it is not something that the bowler enjoys. I wouldn't go by just the [top] three. You always play as a unit and one should see what works well. You can't go by top two or top three. As a unit, what you have is important and then to figure out whom to send at what position, and also check what is the opposition's strength” Tendulkar said.