Arshdeep's maturity impresses Bhuvneshwar after fine start to India T20 career

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Arshdeep's maturity impresses Bhuvneshwar after fine start to India T20 career
Arshdeep's maturity impresses Bhuvneshwar after fine start to India T20 career
Arshdeep's maturity impresses Bhuvneshwar after fine start to India T20 career
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India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (32) said he has been surprised by the maturity shown by his young new-ball partner Arshdeep Singh (23) whose death overs prowess has brought the youngster into the selection mix for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

Arshdeep's ability to bowl yorkers almost at will and his ice-cool approach in the death overs have made the lanky left-arm seamer an asset for his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings. Arshdeep claimed 2-18 in his Twenty20 debut for India against England and 2-24 in Friday's victory against West Indies, proving his final-overs mastery on both occasions.

An average of 26.4 in IPL cricket for someone who bowls at the death isn't to be sniffed at, something Bhuvneshwar himself has plenty of experience with.

"The best thing about him is that he knows exactly what is required," Bhuvneshwar told reporters ahead of the second Twenty20 match against West Indies later on Monday.

"What kind of field setting is needed, how to bowl to each batsman - very few newcomers display that kind of maturity."

Former West Indies test bowler Ian Bishop and New Zealand ex-captain Daniel Vettori are among those who have said Arshdeep's astute reading of the game could come in handy in Australia.

"Usually you learn these things as you play but he seems to have arrived with that kind of maturity," Bhuvneshwar said.

"Even in the IPL in the last couple of years, he has performed consistently.

"He knows exactly what he wants to do, he thinks a lot about his game."

India take on West Indies in the second of a five-match series on August 1st.

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