Arshdeep Singh has been through a lot in the past three to four days. The 23-year-old left-armed sailor was mercilessly cheated for dropping Pakistan’s catch from Asif Ali in the 18th over of the match, which proved costly as Asif nearly finished the match in the next over. Arshdeep showed incredible grit to come back and sack the Pakistani batter in the last over and almost win the game for India, but it wasn’t to be. A few nights later, he was thrown again in the last left with only 6 to defend. The opposition this time was Sri Lanka.
It was almost a deja vu for Arshdeep. As in the match against Pakistan, the veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaked runs in the 19th to make it nearly impossible in the last over. Arshdeep faced Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, needing just 7 runs off 6 balls.
The left-armed sailor hit four consecutive Yorkers, resulting in five runs and defeated the bat with a long ball in the fifth throw, but India’s keeper Rishabh Pant and Arshdeep himself missed the punches on both sides as Sri Lanka ran two byes to end the match. win and nearly end India’s hopes in 2022 Asian Cup.
In between all this, Captain Rohit saw Sharma almost turn his back on Arshdeep when the youngster seemed to suggest something to his captain. The video of the incident spread like wildfire on Twitter. Visibly under great pressure to get the pitch right, Rohit was spotted during the match during lengthy conversations with virtually all the bowlers, including Arshdeep, but on this particular occasion, the Indian captain may not have been ready to listen to what Arshdeep had to say. had to say.
Needless to say, Rohit’s gesture didn’t sit well with the netizens outraged at the India opener.
Watch video: Twitter furious after Rohit Sharma turns his back on Arshdeep Singh in final over vs Sri Lanka
Rohit, who was India’s top scorer with a whopping 72 from 41 balls, defended the youngster when asked about the trolls against him.
“Honestly, guys here don’t look too much at social media these days. We don’t look much at a few losses or a missed catch. He (Arshdeep) himself was disappointed because it was a catch that could have been taken,” Rohit said on the press conference after the game,” he added.