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Kumble makes bold Zaheer Khan prediction for Arshdeep after T20 WC heroics | Cricket

With Arshdeep Singh taking a three-wicket away in his first World Cup for Team India, former player Anil Kumble praised the bowler and predicted he would follow in Zaheer Khan’s footsteps. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Kumble said: “I was really impressed with Arshdeep, how he came through.”

“I worked with him for three years and I could see the kind of development he’s had in the T20 format, and last year’s IPL was a classic example of how he handled the pressure.”

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“He may have bowled the tough overs for the team and yes, you don’t always look at the wickets column in the T20 game, you look at the moments the bowler comes up with. And the temperament he has shown, it’s great. We saw that again in the India-Pakistan game. When you have 90,000 people at the MCG, it’s always a challenge.”

“So yes, Arshdeep has definitely matured and I would love to see him continue. Probably what Zak (Zaheer Khan) has done for India, I expect Arshdeep will do some great things for India,” he added.

Arshdeep’s three-wicket-haul helped India limit Pakistan to 159 for eight in 20 overs, a 160-run goal. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya also took three wickets for Rohit Sharma’s side. Shan Masood was in good form playing an unbeaten knockout of 52 runs off 42 balls and Iftikhar Ahmed registered 51 runs off 34 deliveries.

After chasing a 160-run goal, India reached 160 for six in 20 overs, with Ravichandran Ashwin hitting the winning run. Virat Kohli was the player of the match, hitting an unbeaten knock of 82 runs off 53 balls, filling six fours and four sixes. Hardik also played a crucial knockout of 40 runs off 37 balls, including a four and two sixes. Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf took two wicket distances for Babar Azam’s side.


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