Anticipating success, Arshdeep Singh, the left-arm quick, revealed that the night before the game, he had a gut feeling that everything would turn out well for him. In a candid conversation with fellow pacer Avesh Khan, Arshdeep shared his rare pre-match ‘visualization’ where he foresaw himself becoming the star at the Wanderers.
Arshdeep and Avesh combined forces to wreak havoc, claiming nine wickets and bowling South Africa out for 116 in 27.3 overs. Playing in his 4th ODI, Arshdeep took four of the first Proteas wickets, including crucial dismissals like Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen for ducks, as well as Toni de Zorzi and Heinrich Klassen.
Arshdeep’s pre-game imagination bore fruit, and he expressed his positive mindset, emphasizing the coach’s stress on staying positive irrespective of performance outcomes. He shared his strategy to pitch the ball in the middle and aim for bowled and LBWs, exploiting the moisture and assistance from the pitch.
The performance of Arshdeep and Avesh showcased the promising future of Indian fast bowling, complicating the selection choices with the established duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Arshdeep’s maiden five-for, combined with the synergy displayed with Avesh, adds depth to India’s fast-bowling resources.
Avesh Khan, reflecting on their partnership, noted the strategic setup and the importance of bowling stump to stump to put the team in a comfortable situation. The camaraderie between the two bowlers, constantly discussing strategies, field placings, and tactics, signals a bright future for these emerging pacers.
Avesh highlighted his focus on preparing for ODIs during T20Is, concentrating on practicing longer spells required in the 50-over format. His commitment to honing his skills in the nets proved advantageous, allowing him to deliver impactful performances in ODIs.