Team India captain Rohit Sharma was seen getting furious at Arshdeep Singh after he dropped a dolly during India’s Super 4 game against Pakistan on Sunday. Babar Azam and Co. humbled India to start their Super 4 campaign with a win by five wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a mammoth target of 182, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz put Pakistan on track with a 73-run stand for the third wicket. Left-handed batter Nawaz (71 off 51), who was promoted to No. 4 to negate the Indian leg-spinners, smashed a 20-ball 42 to bring the target within reach.
India, however, bounced back with a few economical overs before the momentum shifted towards Pakistan. Arshdeep Singh dropped Asif Ali’s catch off Ravi Bishnoi‘s bowling in the 18th over.
The young left-arm pacer looked casual in his approach as he dropped a dolly in the short third-man area. Ali, who had scored just one run then, smashed 16 off eight balls to tilt the match in his side’s favor. Indian captain Rohit Sharma was visibly upset with the way Arshdeep dropped the catch and shouted at the youngster to vent his anger.
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“It was a high-pressure game and mistakes can happen” – Virat Kohli comes out in support of Arshdeep Singh
Virat Kohli has thrown his support behind Arshdeep. The former Indian captain said that mistakes can happen in such high-pressure games while citing an example of his own. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli stated:
“Anyone can make the mistake, the situation was tight. It was a high-pressure game and mistakes can happen. I still remember I was playing my first Champions Trophy and the match was against Pakistan, I had played a very bad shot against Shahid Afridi. I was watching the ceiling till 5 am, I was not able to sleep and I thought my career is over but these things are natural.”
India will hope to regroup quickly before their next game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, September 6, in Dubai.