“Arshdeep has great potential, but…”: South Africa Great gives great statement on India Pacer

Former South African star Jonty Rhodes feels that Arshdeep Singh has grown tremendously as a cricketer and has great potential, but comparing him to the great Wasim Akram will put him under pressure. The 23-year-old Indian left-arm pacer was one of the bright spots of India’s T20 World Cup campaign which ended in a semi-final loss to eventual champions England. Arshdeep, with his ability to swing the ball both ways, finished as the team’s leading wicket-taker, claiming 10 scalps in six games at an economy of 7.80.

“I think that puts him under a lot of pressure, to compare him to the great Wasim Akram, the sultan of swing,” Rhodes told reporters after being heralded as the mentor of ‘Samp Army’ worldwide.

“Arshdeep has certainly grown in the last couple of years and that has been the case with the Indian fast bowlers. You look at Bumrah and his progression was so fast and Arshdeep has done the same, he is a young fast bowler, willing to learn .and listen and he puts in hard yards.

“He swings the ball and has been a revelation on death. He is excellent on the power play, has good control and can circle the wicket like Wasim Akram effectively,” he added.

Rhodes, who worked with Arshdeep during his stint as IPL Punjab Kings outfield coach, feels the youngster has great potential.

“He’s someone who has great potential and the chance to have a fantastic career. But you start comparing players to the ones who played before them, it puts them under unnecessary pressure. He wants to be the best Arshdeep Singh.” After disappointments in back-to-back T20 World Cups, the Indian team is expected to go through a transition with older players giving way to younger ones.

Asked who are some of the young players the BCCI should invest in, Rhodes said: “The current crop out there in New Zealand is quite a young team and there are some great players in the line-up.

“And because of the success of the IPL, they certainly have an amazing platform to show their ability.” For India’s three-match T20I series in New Zealand, which begins on Friday, the likes of Shubman Gill, Umran Malik, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have been given the chance to rest.

“You look at the T20 squad selected right after the T20 World Cup, that gives a good indication of the ability of some of the players. It’s a strong lineup without the older players.” Rhodes said that English, Australian and South African players have greatly benefited from playing in the IPL.

“You spend a lot of time in India during the IPL format and even if the players don’t play every game, they are participating in conditions that were difficult for them before.

“They work and train with some of the best players and coaches in the world, that kind of experience helps grow their game just by asking questions.” Speaking about the T10 format, the South African said he could be a good fit for multi-sport events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

“T10 is a shorter and more exciting format than even the T20 game that lasts three and a half hours. Maybe in competitions like the CWG or the Olympics, we could see it, but the ICC at this stage with its FTP can fit into another format. They are fighting as they are.”

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