Matthew Wade is no stranger to handling pressure situations in a chase, showcasing his expertise throughout his white-ball career. One of the standout moments occurred in the 2021 T20 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan when he single-handedly chased down 22 runs in the final over against the formidable Shaheen Afridi. Fast forward to the fifth and final T20I against India, and Wade faced a similar challenge against another left-armer, Arshdeep Singh. With 10 runs to win and just two wickets in hand, Arshdeep displayed nerves of steel to outshine the Australian skipper.
IPL franchise Punjab Kings, humorously recalling Wade’s 2021 T20 World Cup heroics against Shaheen Afridi, took a playful dig at the Pakistani left-arm pacer following Arshdeep’s impressive performance in the series decider.
Arshdeep, who struggled with economy on the challenging Bengaluru track, had conceded 37 runs in three overs with just one wicket. Facing a daunting task, he successfully defended nine runs in the final over. Wade, visibly frustrated after a contentious wide-ball call went against him, ultimately fell victim to Arshdeep’s attempted yorker, sending the ball to Shreyas Iyer at long-on.
In the aftermath of this crucial over, Punjab Kings, Arshdeep’s IPL franchise, shared a video of Wade’s dismissal on social media with a caption that read: “Not against this left-arm pacer.”
Reflecting on the intense final over, Arshdeep admitted feeling like a potential “culprit” if India had lost due to his economy rate. However, he managed to stage a remarkable comeback, relying on his strength of bowling accurate yorkers.