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Stop criticising Arshdeep Singh: Harbhajan Singh, Hafeez back young pacer after Pakistan stun India in Asia Cup

Former cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Hafeez and Irfan Pathan jumped to the defense of Arshdeep Singh after the dropped catch of Asif Ali by the Indian pacer turned out to be the turning point in the clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday.

The arch-rivals met for the second time this year in the Asian Cup in the Super Fours stage. After winning the toss, Babar Azam asked India to bat first. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul took the Indian team to a kite and the momentum continued by Virat Kohli who scored a stunning 60 off 44 balls. India was able to post a solid goal of 182 runs.

In response, Pakistan didn’t get off to the best start as they lost Azam early. Mohammad Rizwan batted brilliantly and got a lot of support from Mohammad Nawaz, who scored 42 points on 20 balls. Rizwan scored 71 of 41 deliveries.

However, the Pakistani opener’s wicket changed the face of the game and India had the momentum towards the last few overs. However, Arshdeep Singh dropped a simple catch that allowed Asif Ali to return to the pavilion.

This came back to haunt India when Ali made sure Pakistan eventually came home with a ball left.

The Indian pacesetter got a lot of stick for his mistake from fans on social media. Now former cricketers such as Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Hafeez and Irfan Pathan have jumped to the defense of Arshdeep.

Harbhajan said people should stop criticizing Arshdeep because no one drops anything on purpose. He admitted that Pakistan was the better team of the day.

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“Stop criticizing young @arshdeepsinghh Nobody drops the catch on purpose..we are proud of our boys..Pakistan played better..shame on such people who put our own boys down by saying cheap things on this platform about Arsh and team. Arsh is GOLD,” Harbhajan said on Twitter.

Hafeez also lent his support to the Indian pacesetter by asking Indian fans not to humiliate the 23-year-old.

“My request to all the fans of the Indian team. In sports we make mistakes as we are human beings. Please don’t humiliate anyone with these mistakes. @arshdeepsinghh,” Hafeez said.

Pathan also defended Arshdeep, saying he has a strong character.

“Arshdeep is a strong character. Keep it up boy. @arshdeepsinghh,” Pathan said.

India will now face Sri Lanka on August 6 as they try to recover from Sunday’s defeat.

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