I think that will put him under a lot of pressure: Jonty Rhodes on Arshdeep's comparison with Wasim Akram

Rhodes further admitted that the Indian pacer has certainly grown in the last two years and that’s been the case with the Indian fast bowlers.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 18 November 2022 12:03 PM

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Indian speedster Arshdeep Singh has been a find for Team India. Ever since he made his international debut, Arshdeep Singh has been delivering impressive spells, and his performance in T20 World Cup 2022 added more feathers to his cap. Despite the presence of experienced bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Md. Shami in the squad, the 23-year-old finished the ICC tournament as the highest-wicket taker for Team India.

Not just wicket-taking skills, but his ability to bowl impressive spells in death overs has also earned lot of praise from the cricket fraternity. Experts of the game have already started rating the Indian pacer as the next big thing in Indian cricket, and some have even compared the pacer with former Pakistan pacer, Wasim Akram.

Meanwhile, a South African legend has recently stated that Arshdeep Singh is one of the finest bowlers to emerge in recent past but comparing him with the Pakistan legend will not be suitable. “I think that will put him under a lot of pressure, to compare him to the great Wasim Akram,” Rhodes told the Reuters after he was announced mentor for Punjab Kings.

Rhodes further admitted that the Indian pacer has certainly grown in the last two years and that’s been the case with the Indian fast bowlers. “You look at a Jasprit Bumrah and his progression was so quick, and Arshdeep has done the same. He is a young fast bowler, willing to learn and listen and he puts in the hard yards,” Rhodes said. 

“He does swing the ball and has been a revolution at the death. He has been great in the powerplay, has got good control and he can come around the wicket like Wasim Akram effectively,” he added.

The South African legend also opined that comparing new players with the legends of the game is not an idol way to praise anyone’s capabilities as it puts a lot of pressure to the fresher. “You start to compare players to the ones who played before them, that puts them under unnecessary pressure,” concluded Jonty Rhodes. 

Notably, Arshdeep Singh will be seen in action during India vs New Zealand, white-ball series. The bilateral contest will kickstart with 1st T20I, schedule to take place on November 18 (Friday) in Wellington.

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