WATCH: Arshdeep Singh Sends Stumps Flying In England On Back Of Lucklustre Bowling Display By India In WTC Final
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, renowned for his exceptional swing bowling, is making the ball talk in the County Championship while representing Kent. In his county debut against Surrey, Arshdeep displayed impressive skills with the ball, claiming figures of 2 for 43 in the first innings. Although he conceded a few runs in the second innings, Arshdeep swiftly regained control by dismissing Jamie Smith with a magnificent inswinging delivery from round the wicket. Smith's explosive innings of 114 runs off 77 balls was effectively neutralized by Arshdeep's superb delivery, restoring equilibrium to the match.
Arshdeep Singh Sends Stumps Flying In County Championship (Screengrab/Twitter)
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Arshdeep Singh looked impressive in his County debut for Kent.
Arshdeep got inspired by Rahul Dravid to join Kent this season.
The left-arm pacer dismissed centurion Jamie Smith in the second innings.
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, known for his swing is making the ball talk in the County Championship playing for Kent. Arshsdeep made his county debut against Surrey and looked impressive with the ball as he returned with figures of 2 for 43 in the first innings. Although he was a tad bit expensive in the second innings, Arshdeep cleaned up Jamie Smith with a beautiful inswinger from round the wicket that restored normalcy after the Surrey batter smashed 114 off 77 balls.
This comes after India's lacklustre performance, both with the bat and ball in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at the Kennington Oval, London. India succumbed to a 209-run loss in the final after giving away way too many runs in the first innings of the one-off Test match.
Opting to bowl first on a wicket that had a fair bit of assistance for the fast bowlers, India started off well in the first session but failed to utilise the conditions to their advantage in the next two sessions on Day 1. Australia took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners in the final session of the first day, adding 157 runs without losing a wicket - courtesy of Steve Smith and Travis Head, both of whom returned with centuries thereafter.
On the back of Arshdeep's impressive show for Kent, one can't help but wonder if he would have been a better pick for India in the World Test Championship final against Australia, given the fact that he can swing the ball both ways and has the ability to create different angles that can pose a significant challenge for the batters in England.
Talking about his county stint, the 24-year-old said that India coach Rahul Dravid had inspired him to join Kent and he wants to make the most of the opportunity to improve his game.
"Feeling happy and excited to be here, to be a part of such a great franchise. It is a great county with a rich history as I have been told by people back home. It feels like home. It is just colder than home," said Arshdeep in a video posted by Kent ahead of the match.
"Why Kent? A lot of this goes to Rahul Dravid, he told me about the history of this club and that he represented this club as well. I want to play because of that as well, he has inspired a lot of youngsters back home. This inspired me to join Kent as well," the left-arm pacer revealed.