Former India bowling coach inquires about Arshdeep Singh’s omission from World Cup squad
Arshdeep Singh couldn’t make it to India’s squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
Bharat Arun, the former bowling coach of Indian cricket team, has expressed his concerns about the decision to exclude Arshdeep Singh, a talented left-arm fast bowler, from the 15-members squad for the upcoming World Cup. Arshdeep made his debut for Indian national team just last year but has had an inconsistent presence in the squad since then. Despite being part of the team for recent white-ball tours to West Indies and Ireland, he was surprisingly not selected for both the Asia Cup and World Cup squads.
Adding to Arun’s surprise is the fact that there isn’t a single left-arm fast bowler included in the World Cup squad. This absence raises questions about the team’s strategy and selection process, as left-arm fast bowlers can bring valuable variety and unpredictability to the bowling attack, which is often crucial in limited-overs cricket. Arun’s response highlights how crucial it is to maintain a well-rounded and diverse squad, especially in a prestigious competition such as the World Cup, where teams encounter a wide array of opponents and play in different conditions.
‘Arshdeep Singh was promised a lot,’ says former bowling coach
“We tried bringing in left-arm fast bowlers during our time. We always wanted one. Arshdeep Singh was promised a lot, and I don’t know why he isn’t in the squad. To me, he looked very, very impressive. He is capable of bowling yorkers, and the late half can move the ball. He is an exciting fast bowler, and I wonder where he is now. These bowlers were supposed to come back to India during COVID time, and it was Ravi who stopped the move. It gave us the option to make them play,” Arun said on the Cricket Basu YouTube channel.
Up to this point, Arshdeep has played in three one-day internationals (ODIs) and 33 T20 internationals (T20Is) for India, amassing a tally of 50 wickets in the T20 format.