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Arshdeep Singh: India’s Unsung Hero Claims Top Wicket-Taker Spot in T20 World Cup

• 03 Jul, 24 • by Inkspilled
Arshdeep Singh: India’s Unsung Hero Claims Top Wicket-Taker Spot in T20 World Cup

India might be celebrating their T20 World Cup victory thanks to stellar performances from Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and others, but let’s not forget Arshdeep Singh, the silent hero who emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker in the entire tournament!

While all eyes were on Bumrah’s brilliance, Arshdeep quietly but consistently chipped away, taking a crucial 2/20 in the final against South Africa. This performance sealed his place as the joint top wicket-taker with 17 scalps, tying with Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi. This feat is even more impressive considering it’s the highest number of wickets ever taken in a single T20 World Cup!

Overshadowed by Bumrah’s experience, Arshdeep nonetheless proved his worth. He finished the tournament with an impressive economy rate of 7.16. Even more remarkable was his four-wicket haul against the USA, showcasing his ability to create early pressure on the opposition.

Arshdeep’s bowling throughout the competition was a masterclass in consistency. He opened alongside Mohammed Siraj, creating a formidable new-ball partnership with Bumrah later in the tournament. Their combined skills made it incredibly difficult for batters to score freely in the powerplay overs.

His skills weren’t limited to the start. Arshdeep proved himself adept at bowling both during the middle overs and at the death. In the final’s crucial 19th over, he conceded only four runs, putting immense pressure on South Africa and paving the way for Hardik Pandya’s match-winning final over.

Of course, there were moments where Arshdeep leaked runs. But what separates a good bowler from a great one is the ability to bounce back. And bounce back he did, taking wickets later in the innings to limit the damage. This mental resilience and maturity are signs of a player on the rise.

This T20 World Cup was a turning point for Arshdeep. He not only gained valuable experience but also emerged as a confident wicket-taking bowler. His partnership with Bumrah was a nightmare for opposing batsmen, and their combined skills promise a bright future for Indian pace bowling.

With age and experience on his side, Arshdeep has the potential to be a mainstay in Indian cricket for years to come, adding significant depth to the pace attack.

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