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How Brett Lee shares his thoughts Arshdeep Singh He bowled a no ball in the second T20 against Sri Lanka at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on 5 January.
Arshdeep has been one of the most promising bowlers for India in the T20 circuit recently and has been crucial for the team in the absence of mainstay Jasprit Bumrah. He has been an integral part of the bowling force and has often been the go-to bowler for the side whenever wickets are needed in the 2022 World T20.
Since the start of 2023, he has not been able to find the form he is known for and his line and length have been somewhat inconsistent. During the second T20I against Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune earlier this month, he struck a no-ball which swung the momentum of the match in Sri Lanka’s favor and was crucial in the eventual victory margin. Sri Lanka were bowled out by 16 runs.
Speaking further about the incident, the former Australian fast bowler said, “I saw India’s Arshdeep Singh completely lost in that T20 match against Sri Lanka a few days back. He made no ball after no ball. 5 no balls in that game. It will be a hard pill to swallow for him.
He bowled just 37 runs in two overs. And he is returning to the team after being injured. He overstepped three consecutive times in his second over. Many times a bowler can lose rhythm when coming back from injury because they are trying too hard. They lose their size and speed. It’s tough because you want to achieve the dream of taking wickets and keeping the captain happy.”
He then went on to say how costly the no ball can be “The no ball is a bowler’s worst enemy. Nothing hurts and embarrasses a bowler more than a no ball because not only do you have to bowl an extra delivery, you give the batter license to do whatever he wants. It is a dagger in the bowler’s heart. Rhythm is a funny thing. A bowler can do magic if he has it but when the rhythm is lost it makes you look helpless and helpless.”