IND vs PAK: In the Sunday encounter between India and Pakistan, Arshdeep Singh‘s dropped catch of Pakistani batsman Asif Ali proved to be the pivotal moment. Former cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, and Mohammad Hafeez rallied to his side.
The bitter rivals squared off twice at the Super Fours level of the Asia Cup this year. Flipping the coin, Babar Azam asked India to bat first. The Indian team’s momentum was carried by Virat Kohli’s amazing 60 off 44 balls thanks to the efforts of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.
India was able to set a lofty aim of 182 runs. Pakistan’s comeback did not get off to the best of starts as a result of losing Azam early. With his 42 runs off 20 balls, Mohammad Nawaz gave Mohammad Rizwan’s superb batting effort fantastic support. Rizwan made 41 attempts and scored 71 goals.
However, the match’s outcome was changed when Pakistan’s opener was dismissed, giving India the lead going into the final few overs. Arshdeep Singh, though, dropped a simple catch that may have allowed Asif Ali to go back to the pavilion. In the end, Ali made sure Pakistan made it home with one ball left, which brought this back to haunt India.
IND vs PAK: Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, and Mohammad Hafeez Stood in Support for Arshdeep Singh
For making the error, the Indian bowler received heavy criticism from fans on social media. Arshdeep is now being defended by former cricket players Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Hafeez, and Harbhajan Singh.
Nobody intentionally drops a catch, said Harbhajan, therefore people should stop blaming Arshdeep Singh. He admitted that Pakistan had the better team on that particular day.
Stop judging the young @arshdeepsingh Nobody intentionally dropped the catch, and we are proud of our boys. Shame on those who put our own players down by shouting derogatory things about Arsh and the team on this platform. Pakistan played better. Arsh is GOLD,” tweeted Harbhajan.
Hafeez supported the Indian pacer by pleading with the home crowd not to jeer the 23-year-old. “My appeal to all Indian team supporters. We make mistakes in athletics because we’re human. Please refrain from making fun of anyone for these errors. “@arshdeepsinghh,” Hafeez said.
Arshdeep Singh was also defended by Irfan Pathan, who praised his moral qualities. “Arshdeep has a powerful personality. @arshdeepsinghh, keep it up, boy,” said Pathan. India will now play Sri Lanka on September 6 in an effort to recover from their loss on Sunday.
What Had Happened?
Asif Ali was batting on zero and Arshdeep Singh lost his catch at short third man against Ravi Bishnoi’s bowling. When Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave up 19 runs in the 19th over, Pakistan suddenly found itself in the lead.
The left-arm fast bowler caught Ali in front during the final over, but it was already too late. In a thrilling game, Iftikhar Ahmed scored the go-ahead runs to bring Pakistan home unharmed.