Asia Cup: Indian veteran Virat Kohli backs young pacer Arshdeep Singh

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Arshdeep Singh’s experience in the match that was lost on Sunday was mentioned by Virat Kohli. In the 18th over of Pakistan’s run chase, the young bowler lost a legal catch of Asif Ali, leaving him looking distraught on the ground. Arshdeep, though, will likely wish to be in a similar pressure situation again so he can do it correctly this time, according to Kohli.

“Under pressure, anyone can make a mistake. It’s a big match and the situation was tight. I remember when I first played in the Champions Trophy. Against Pakistan, I remember I hit a very bad shot off Shahid Afridi. Till 5 am next morning, I was only staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep. I thought I’ll never get a game again, my career is over. So it’s natural to feel like this (disheartened).

“When the team environment is good then you learn from it and when such an opportunity comes up again, you look forward to it, hoping the ball comes to you. I think I’d credit the management and captain for that team environment. They’ve created such an environment that the players feel if such an opportunity comes up again, we want it, that moment. The environment is good where you address your mistakes, accept it and look forward to being under the same pressure situation,” Kohli said.