Srinagar: India’s rising pacer Arshdeep Singh has hailed teammate and bowling partner Umran Malik for his pace that helps the left arm pacer in deceiving batters.
Both the talented young seamers made their ODI debuts together in the first match against New Zealand in Auckland a few days ago.
Arshdeep’s ODI debut didn’t quite go according to plan as the Punjab youngster went for 68 runs in his 8.1 overs without taking a wicket.
Umran, however, breathed fire in the middle overs. The J&K right-arm pacer breached the 150 km/h mark at least four times and got the wickets of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell.
“Umran Ke Saath Mahoul Kaafi Accha Rehta Hai. Usko Hasi Mazak Kaafi Pasand Hai. Aur Jaha Tak Bowling Ki Baat Hai, Mujhe Benefit Mil Jata Hai Kyunki 155 Se Seedha 135 Jab Khelne Ata Hai Batsman Toh Deceive Ho Jata Hai Toh Kaafi Pace Se,” Arshdeep said when asked about his partnership with Umran Malik in the press conference ahead of the third and final against New Zealand.
(Things are enjoyable with Umran around. Like me, he also likes to crack jokes. As far as bowling is concerned, I get a lot of benefits when he’s bowling at the other end, as batters get deceived playing 135 km/h after his 155 km/h deliveries). We enjoy a lot both on and off the field. We will try to keep this partnership going even off the field).
“ODI is a long game, partnerships play a key role, just like in batting, in bowling also partnership is important. I check how my partner at the other end is bowling on the other end. If he’s bowling well, getting more out of the surface then I will try and stop the runs to help him out. At the end of the day, it’s a team sport. If I am attacking, my partner at the other end will go on the defensive.”