Arshdeep is resting after returning home after spending a lot of time in the IPL but has to join the Indian team for the series starting June 9 in Delhi. This season, he bowled more with the old ball than the new ball as Punjab Kings relied heavily on him in the last overs. Arshdeep, one of the two players retained by the team ahead of the season, bowled at an average of 7.31 in the death overs.
He said, ‘My role depends on the team combination. I have bowled in the new ball, in the middle overs and also in the last overs. His coach Jaswant says that Arshdeep learns new skills within minutes and this was evident during the practice of yorkers before the IPL.
Jaswant said, ‘I would put one shoe at the crease and the other near the stump. While bowling, I used to tell him where to bowl the yorker. He would adjust in seconds and bowl the yorker at the same spot. We did the same for 20 days before IPL. The coach, who has been teaching Arshdeep the skills of cricket since the age of 13, said, “He comes daily from Kharar to Chandigarh with his mother. Once the cycle broke down, he covered 12 kms on foot. From then on it came to know that he will do something special one day.