India looked to their third consecutive win in the 2022 Asian Cup on Sunday, until Arshdeep Singh dropped a simple catch. The pressure is always high in matches against Pakistan and the 23-year-old succumbed to it. It was the 18e about when Asif Ali got a thick top edge on the slog sweep that went into the air. Arshdeep settled in calmly with the short third man, but the ball just slipped out of his hands.
The missed opportunity turned the game upside down. Pakistan collected 19 runs in the penultimate over and then crossed the finish line with a ball over.
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Fans on social media went crazy with Arshdeep and even exceeded the limit by abusing the youngster. But the left-arm pacemaker, whose international career is just getting off the ground, found support from his seniors. Former India captain Virat Kohli, who was India’s top scorer with a 44-ball 60, said anyone can make mistakes under pressure.
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“Anyone can make mistakes under pressure. It was a big game and the situation was a bit tight,” Kohli said after the game.
“I remember playing my first Champions Trophy match against Pakistan, and I played a really bad shot in Shahid Afridi’s bowling alley. I kept looking at the ceiling until 5 am. I was up all night and couldn’t sleep. I thought this would be the end of my career and never get another chance,” he added.
Kohli further emphasized that one should learn from the mistakes made and be prepared for such situations in the future.
“That’s a natural feeling. But there are older players around you. We’ll get back together for the next game. So it’s all about learning in a good environment and if a similar situation arises again, you look forward to it and you are ready.
“I give credit to the captain and the coach for creating such an environment where the players feel that everything is okay, and we will go for it next time. So there will be mistakes, but you have to accept and learn from them so that you are prepared to face such situations again,” Kohli continued.
India will face table-toppers Sri Lanka in their next Super 4 match, to be held in Dubai on Tuesday.
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