Arshdeep Singh wins ‘NET BATTLE’ against Umran Malik


IND vs SA: India vs South Africa Live Updates – The two young Indian pacers who have been selected for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, Arshdeep Singh and Umran, are battling with each other to impress the team management ahead of the first game on June 9. From what happened at the net practice sessions on Monday, it can be said that Arshdeep has beaten Malik fair and square. Follow IND vs SA live updates, India vs South Africa live updates with InsideSport.IN.

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Head coach Rahul Dravid conducted the first training session in Delhi on Monday, which gave us a glimpse of what to expect. According to reports in PTI, Umran Malik got an extended spell during India’s first training session, but it was his colleague Arshdeep Singh who looked way more impressive at the nets, which included honing of his yorker skills.

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins ‘NET BATTLE’ against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant

While Umran, the toast of the nation for his express pace in IPL 2022, he had a rather poor day at the nets. The Jammu & Kashmir lad bowled as quick as he can, but Rishabh Pant didn’t leave any opportunity to smash him with equal ferocity.

The faster he unleashed his thunderbolts, the more ferocious was Pant’s intent with the willow. On the contrary, Punjab lad Arshdeep Singh looked much more convincing.

He first bowled a short spell and then had a session under bowling coach Mhambrey, when he was seen practicing the blockhole deliveries.

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins ‘NET BATTLE’ against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant

Mhambrey kept baseball mitt gloves on the front crease, exactly on middle stump line for the yorker on middle stump and an energy drink bottle around tramline for the wide yorker, and the youngster hit the target more often than not.

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins 'NET BATTLE' against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant. IND vs SA Live Updates.
Arshdeep Singh had a fantastic first day at the nets

Arshdeep was supposed to hit the two ‘props’ as part of match simulation.“Theek hai? (Is it alright?),” he would ask Mhambrey who would tell him to focus more on line than length.

Another aspect indicating that the Punjab player could be slightly ahead of Umran is the training time. Normally, fast bowlers in extreme conditions don’t go all out in training sessions and just try to bowl enough to hit the rhythm. Hence, the very fact that the team management asked Umran Malik to bowl for a significant period might suggest that they are not very confident of his abilities yet.

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins 'NET BATTLE' against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant. IND vs SA Live Updates.
The Indian team started practice on Monday

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins ‘NET BATTLE’ against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will lead the pack, bowled for hardly 15 minutes. Similarly, Harshal Patel, who is also a certainty in the playing XI, was rested on the day along with two sure-shot first XI candidates, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya.

Before the match, the ones who bowl more at the nets are the ones who are likely to be benched. Besides Arshdeep, Dinesh Karthik also looked in good form at the nets. He might not be a certainty going into the first game with Pant being deputy to KL Rahul but his short net session was entertaining.

At 36, Karthik knows what he needs to practice and thus asked the throwdown experts Nuwan, Daya and Raghu to provide him with deliveries that allows him to play lap scoop and reverse lap scoop over short fine and short third man fielder.

IND vs SA: Arshdeep Singh wins ‘NET BATTLE’ against Umran Malik, impresses Rahul Dravid with ACCURATE yorkers while Malik receives beating from Rishabh Pant

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