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Abhishek Nayar lauds Arshdeep Singh for match-winning final over in the 5th T20I against Australia

December 4, 2023 5:40 pm

In a thrilling conclusion to the final T20I clash between India and Australia, Arshdeep Singh emerged as the hero, securing India’s victory with an exceptional final over, earning praise from Abhishek Nayar for his nerve and skill under pressure.

India, batting first, set a target of 161 runs for the Australians in Bengaluru on Sunday, December 3. Restricting the visitors to 154/8, the Men in Blue sealed a remarkable six-run win, wrapping up the series 4-1. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.

Nayar, while analyzing the game on JioCinema, commended Arshdeep’s performance, particularly highlighting his bouncer to Matthew Wade as a game-changer. “He had conceded 37 runs in his first three overs, so he would have been under pressure, and he was not executing his yorkers. The most impressive thing for me was the short ball he used on the first ball,” Nayar praised.

He further emphasized, “You saw Wade getting quite angry. He felt it was a wide. He challenged Wade’s mentality because sitting outside too, you were expecting him to bowl a yorker. From his (Arshdeep’s) body language and his thinking, it seemed like he was in control.”

Facing the daunting task of defending 10 runs in the final over with a rampant Wade at the crease, Arshdeep delivered under immense pressure. He bowled two dot balls, dismissed Wade with a catch by Shreyas Iyer, and conceded only three singles, sealing the Indian victory.

Nayar highlighted the challenges Arshdeep faced, acknowledging Suryakumar Yadav’s encouragement for the young seamer. “When we were watching from outside, Suryakumar Yadav was asking the entire audience to back Arshdeep because it’s not easy,” Nayar observed.

Reflecting on Arshdeep’s journey in the series, Nayar praised the cricketer for his character and resilience. “10 runs were needed, they were just one hit away, but the way he (Arshdeep) executed the yorkers, especially against Wade, I believe he showed a lot of character.”

Arshdeep’s inclusion in the final game, replacing the unavailable Deepak Chahar, proved pivotal as he rose to the occasion, making a decisive impact with his match-winning final over. Get free cricket betting tips from Nextbet Sports.