The performance of India’s young fast bowler Arshdeep Singh in the T20 World Cup was excellent. He took 10 wickets in six matches for India in this tournament. He was the highest wicket-taker for Team India in the T20 World Cup. From fans to former veteran cricketers are praising Arshdeep’s performance. However, some fans are also comparing Arshdeep with former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who is called the King of Swing. In such a situation, former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes has appealed to the fans to stop such rhetoric.

In fact, during the T20 World Cup, Arshdeep troubled all the batsmen with his swing. His performance was rewarded by the official broadcaster Star Sports and he was also included in the Team of the Tournament. However, India had to face defeat against England in the semi-finals. Arshdeep has mastered both in and out swing. His economy was 7.80 in the T20 World Cup.

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Jonty Rhodes said- I think he is being put under a lot of pressure by comparing him with Wasim Akram, the great bowler and the Sultan of Swing. Arshdeep has come to the fore in the last two years and this has been common with Indian bowlers. If you see Jasprit Bumrah, he came into the limelight very quickly. Now Arshdeep has done exactly the same. He is a young fast bowler and is currently trying to learn by getting himself into trouble.

Bowls perfect line length from round the wicket like Wasim Akram

Rhodes said- He swings the ball and he has emerged as a great player in the death overs. He also bowls well in the powerplay and has great control. He bowls the exact line length from round the wicket like Wasim Akram. Rhodes has worked with Arshdeep in the IPL. Then Rhodes used to be the fielding coach of Punjab Kings. The former South African cricketer feels that Arshdeep has all the makings to become a successful bowler in the future.

Changes are expected in the Indian team after back to back T20 World Cup disappointments. It is believed that instead of senior players in the T20 format, youngsters will be given a chance. Asked which youngsters the BCCI should invest in, Rhodes said, “The current Indian team in New Zealand is a very young team and has got some great players in the line-up.” After a good performance in IPL, he definitely has a great opportunity to showcase his skills.

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Shubman Gill, Umran Malik, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have been given a chance for the three-match T20 series between India and New Zealand starting on Friday. At the same time, senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami have been rested. Rhodes said- You look at the T20 team selected just after the T20 World Cup, which gives a good indication of the ability of some players. It is a strong line-up without senior players.

Rhodes said that players from England, Australia and South Africa have benefited greatly from playing in the IPL

Rhodes said that players from England, Australia and South Africa have benefited a lot from playing in the IPL. He said- You spend a lot of time in India during IPL and even though the players are not playing all the matches, they are participating in conditions which were difficult for them earlier. They work and train with some of the best players and coaches in the world. This kind of experience helps in improving his game. Now Arshdeep will be seen in action in the T20 series against New Zealand.

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Talking about the T10 format, the South African legend said that it could be suitable for multi-sport events like Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Rhodes said- T10 is a shorter, more exciting format than T20 cricket which takes three and a half hours. May be we can see it in events like Commonwealth Games or Olympics.