Legendary Australia National Cricket Team pacer Brett Lee, who feels “no-ball is a bowler’s worst enemy”, has shared his take on the no-ball show of the India National Cricket Team star left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh against Sri Lanka.
In the second T20I against Sri Lanka at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on January 5, the left-arm pacer Arshdeep had an awful day. He delivered five front-foot no-balls, including three no-balls in a row, which is the record for the most for any bowler in a T20I. Overstepping has always been an issue with the youngster and since 2022, Arshdeep has bowled 14 front-foot no-balls in T20Is.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Brett Lee explained why bowling no-ball is a “dagger through the bowler’s heart”. He also mentioned that Arshdeep Singh completely lost it in the match against Sri Lanka and bowled 5 no-balls.
“No ball is a bowler’s worst enemy. Nothing costs a bowler more mental agony and embarrassment than a no-ball because you not only have to bowl an extra delivery, you give the license to the batter to do anything he/she wants. It’s a dagger through the bowler’s heart. Rhythm is a funny thing. A bowler can do magic if he/she has it but it makes you look hapless and helpless once that rhythm is lost,” he said.
“I saw India’s Arshdeep Singh completely lose it in that T20 game against Sri Lanka a few days back. He bowled no ball after no ball after no ball. 5 no balls in that game.”
My advice to him would be go back to training, delete it, find out what you did wrong – Brett Lee
While mentioning that Arshdeep conceded 37 runs in his 2-over quota, Lee said that bowling no-balls would be a hard pill to swallow for the left-arm seamer.
“It would be a hard pill to swallow for him. He only bowled two overs conceding 37 runs. And he was returning to the side after being sidelined with an injury. He overstepped three times in a row in his second over. Sometimes a bowler can lose rhythm when they are coming back from an injury because they are trying too hard. They lose their shape and momentum. It’s tough because you want to achieve that dream of picking wickets and keep the captain happy,” he said.
Legendary Australian pacer further advised Arshdeep to go back to training to find his mistakes and learn from them.
“I believe Arshdeep has the goods to back it up. My advice to him would be go back to training, delete it, find out what you did wrong and learn from that mistake,” he said.