Arshdeep Singh has been garnering a lot of praise for his bowling performance in the ongoing IPL 2023 for his team Punjab Kings. The left-arm quick from Punjab was a stump-breaking spree by nailing those perfect yorkers in the match against Mumbai Indians.
Lauding the emerging talent, former India cricketer and former head coach Ravi Shastri claimed he has the potential to play in all formats of the game.
Speaking on ESPNCricinfo, Shastri on how impressed he is with Arshdeep and said, “To be honest the more I see him, I felt that he can play all formats for India. Though I have not seen much of him in red ball format. But the way Arshdeep is improving and running in, he is gaining confidence. I think he will become a little stronger than I saw him last year resulting in a very good performance.”
Shastri further said that he can see Arshdeep play in longer formats of the game as well. The former India captain said, “Yes, there is room for improvement and I think when you see injuries are taking place to some of the other players.
“Arshdeep is someone who should be kept in the mix and should be given that opportunity and given that encouragement to play. I am sure he can bowl 10 overs, he is still young and I am talking about the red ball format as well.”
Shastri on Virat Kohli’s headspace
Giving a peek at Virat Kohli’s headspace at the moment, Shastri said, “As opposed to last year when we were sitting in discussing does he need a break, does he not need a break, you know he seemed to have the burden of the whole world on his shoulders. Now, refreshing.
“You know, you feel that enthusiasm, that passion for the game, that energy and enjoyment have come back which for me was the best thing to see. See, runs you might get or you might not get but when you have that sense when you see someone that the passion, the enjoyment and the drives are back again is good, especially a player of his quality.”
Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s Captaincy
On being asked if he would have liked to see Virat Kohli captain the squad during the 5th Test of the England-India series, where Jasprit Bumrah stepped in as captain for the injured Rohit Sharma, Shastri said he wishes the senior cricketer to lead India.
Shastri said, “I thought he would. Once Rohit was injured, I thought he would be asked, if I was still there. I’m sure Rahul (Dravid) might have done the same thing. I don’t know. I’ve not spoken to him. I would have recommended to the board that it’s only fair that he leads because he’s part of the team that’s leading 2-1 in the series and could have got the best out of the players.”
On being asked if Kohli would have had his objections to leading the squad, Shastri said, “Not at all, it’s about leading your country and these are circumstances where you got to put your best foot forward. Your regular captain is injured is he’s not part of the team. So seeing what’s at stake, you know beating England in England, 2-1 up. I mean how many teams can beat England and Australia in the same year.”
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