Arshdeep Singh, a young left-arm pacer from India, is presently fulfilling his father Darshan Singh’s ambition of playing for his country. The 23-year-old made his Indian Premier League debut earlier this year against England thanks to his consistent performances with Punjab Kings. He is unique among bowlers because of his ability to bowl at both the top and bottom of the innings.
The cricketing community is aware of his journey from the IPL to the Indian team, but not as much is known about the intense dedication he put in from an early age until he was selected for the India U19 team.
From the Park to India Blue
Darshan Singh, the father of Arshdeep, who also aspired to be a cricket player, talked candidly about the moment he realized his son had the potential to be a player in an exclusive interview with One Cricket.
When Arshdeep was eight years old and bowled in front of him while playing in the park, his father noticed that he had talent.
Arshdeep Singh’s father remarked, “When he was 7-8 years old, while playing in the park, when other kids were literally throwing the ball, Arshdeep had a very smooth left-armer’s action.”
“Then I took him and his brother to the academy, where Arsh started training as an 8-year-old – but then I got transferred and his training got discontinued,” his dad said.
The Contribution of Coach Jasvant Rai Darshan Singh also mentioned the part that Arshdeep’s early mentor Jasvant Rai played in helping him get to the U16 level.
“But later a couple of my friends forced me to send Arshdeep back to training and he again started as a 12-13 year-old with Jasvant Rai Sir of Guru Nanak Public School.”
“Jasvant Sir helped him a lot and polished him to play Under-16 level cricket before he graduated to play Under-19.”
Plans from Canada to India U19
Arshdeep had had difficulty breaking through for the U19 team. In 2017, his father was eager to send him and his older brother to Canada because he wasn’t sure if the game was something they would stick with.
But Arshdeep was focused on achieving his objectives. He asked his father to give him a year so he could pursue a career in cricket. And the rest was history, as they say.
“He had fewer opportunities during his U19 years because senior players were given more opportunities; this frustrated us because we were unsure if Arshdeep would get his opportunity or not.
“His brother moved to Canada in the interim, and I advised Arshdeep to follow suit for his own security. Arsh, though, requested a year to try his luck; if not, I would go to my brother. After that, he worked tirelessly with Jasvant Sir, who helped him to improve all of his flaws.”
It all began when he performed well at the district level and was selected for the Punjab U19 team. After that, he had a remarkable performance in the Challenger Trophy, which caught the attention of Venkatesh Prasad and Rahul Dravid.
“He wasn’t initially a part of the U-19 camp, but his performance in the Challenger Trophy helped him get in. However, an injury to another player allowed him to replace Arshdeep in the U-19 Asia Cup squad. And as everyone knows, he was chosen for the U-19 World Cup, where he once more performed admirably.”
Arshdeep Singh’s Primary Capabilities and Advantages
Arshdeep has demonstrated in his comparatively brief career that he is equally at ease with both the new ball and the slightly worn-out older one. His ability to manage the run flow at the end of an innings is the primary factor that has allowed him to be quickly incorporated into the Indian team. Jasprit Bumrah was the only player in the Indian T20 League to have a higher economy rate in the death overs during the previous two seasons. Arshdeep is skilled at slipping in the yorker and the well-placed bouncers, and he possesses the natural advantage of a left-armer in slanting the ball away from right-hand hitters.
Arshdeep Singh Honors and feats
With the Indian cricket team, Arshdeep had an incredible start to his international career. He was India’s go-to bowler in both the 2022 Asia Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. He prevented the team from feeling the loss of Jasprit Bumrah’s devastating bowling. Arshdeep can do better when it comes to his lack of discipline when bowling no-balls, as this has let the team down a number of times.
Among his accomplishments in international cricket are the following:
Since Ajit Agarkar in 2006, Arshdeep is the first bowler from India to bowl a maiden over to begin a Twenty20 International career.
After taking seven wickets in five games against the West Indies, he was named Man of the Series.