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The
22-year-old
left-arm
pacer
had
travelled
to
Sri
Lanka
as
a
net
bowler
with
the
India
squad
in
June-July
and
was
close
to
making
his
international
debut
after
a
COVID
outbreak
in
the
team.

Arshdeep,
who
is
into
his
third
season,
made
instant
impact
on
IPL
resumption
by
taking
a
five-wicket
haul
against
Rajasthan
Royals.
He
has
taken
16
in
the
season
so
far
at
an
average
of
19.18.

Over
the
past
two
seasons,
he
had
already
made
a
reputation
as
an
effective
death
bowler
but
now
he
is
also
making
the
new
ball
talk.
Courtesy
a
straighter
run-up,
he
is
able
to
bring
ball
back
into
the
right-hander
and
the
best
example
of
that
was
the
late
inswinger
to
Shubman
Gill
in
the
game
against
KKR.

Speaking
to
PTI
on
the
sidelines
of
the
UAE
leg,
Arshdeep
recalled
the
time
spent
with
the
Indian
team
and
how
it
made
him
a
better
bowler.
Rahul
Dravid
was
head
coach
on
that
tour.

“It
was
a
great
experience.
You
learn
a
lot
when
you
travel
with
the
team
even
if
you
are
not
playing.
The
environment
under
Rahul
sir
was
good.
The
first
zoom
call
we
had
after
landing
there,
he
said
‘It
is
not
a
squad
of
20,
it
is
a
squad
of
25
(including
net
bowlers)
and
everyone
will
get
the
same
treatment’.

“That
makes
you
feel
part
of
the
group.
Also
there
was
no
senior
or
junior,
you
could
learn
from
anyone,
from
captain
to
fellow
net
bowlers
to
the
support
staff,”
he
said.

Talking
about
work
done
on
his
run
up
with
former
India
pacer
Mhambrey,
Arshdeep
said:
“I
did
some
fine
tuning
work
with
Paras
sir.
He
worked
on
my
run
up,
straightened
it
a
bit
which
allowed
me
to
move
the
ball
back
in,
the
angle
was
little
too
much.

“We
also
worked
to
how
better
my
finish
on
the
follow
through.
I
was
there
for
a
month,
it
was
very
good
experience
training
wise.”

Arshdeep,
who
was
born
in
Madhya
Pradesh
but
hails
from
Kharar
in
Punjab,
is
aware
that
left-arm
pacers
are
a
sought
after
lot
but
meditation
has
taught
him
to
not
lose
sleep
over
selection
matters

be
it
for
his
IPL
franchise
or
the
Indian
team.

“Paaji,
I
believe
in
expecting
nothing
and
be
ready
for
everything
at
the
same
time
and
also
learning
never
stops.
Our
mental
health
expert
(with
Punjab
Kings)
told
us
to
meditate
regularly
and
with
that
I
have
learnt
is
that
don’t
expect
much.

“They
even
say
in
a
love
story
also
one
should
not
expect
as
it
always
hurts,”
said
the
lanky
pacer
on
a
lighter
note.

Arshdeep
also
gives
personal
coach
Jaswant
Rai
a
lot
of
credit
in
his
rapid
rise.
Having
started
his
IPL
career
with
Punjab
Kings,
the
“homely”
atmosphere
of
the
team
has
also
helped
him
perform.

“It
is
like
family
here.
Even
when
there
was
change
in
support
staff,
it
always
felt
like
home.”

He
may
not
be
part
of
India’s
T20
World
Cup
squad
but
it
is
evident
that
he
is
on
selectors’ radar
and
the
performance
in
the
ongoing
IPL
has
only
helped
his
case.

Arshdeep
signed
off
after
remembering
a
conversation
with
Dravid
during
the
Sri
Lanka
tour.

“Rahul
sir
said
‘you
are
doing
well,
you
are
getting
results
and
you
are
on
the
radar
and
just
keep
performing
game
after
game’.
That
has
stayed
with
me.”

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