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“They are tag-teaming here” Matthew Hayden’s mocking comment to the umpire during Arshdeep Singh’s thrilling last over in the IND vs. AUS 5th T20I

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There were a few interesting moments in Arshdeep Singh’s last over in the fifth Twenty20 International between Australia and India in Bengaluru. Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden expressed his dissatisfaction with some of the errors made by the on-field umpires. While he was in the commentary box.

Arshdeep bowled a bouncer to Matthew Wade, who was upset it wasn’t a wide when ten runs were needed off the last over. Replays revealed that Wade’s helmet was being passed over by the ball, so Hayden could understand why the batter reacted so strongly.

Here’s what Matthew Hayden said on air on Jio Cinema:

“You can see why he is upset; that’s definitely a wide. Way over his head. It has to be about his position as well. He was standing up on that ball, and it was still over his head.”

Nathan Ellis struck the ball straight towards the non-striker’s end on the penultimate delivery of the over; it deflected off Arshdeep Singh’s right hand and struck the umpire’s right leg. Hayden again offered a caustic remark about the umpires siding with India to guarantee their victory. He added:

“The umpire has done his job for the second time this over. Have a look at this. This time, it’s the one in front, not on square. They are tag-teaming here.

For almost 19 overs, I was thinking I am the culprit: Arshdeep Singh

After giving up just three runs in his final over, Arshdeep Singh talked candidly about his feelings in an interview with Jio Cinema following the game. After giving up 37 runs in his opening three overs, Arshdeep acknowledged that he believed the Men in Blue had lost the match.

On this, he stated:

I guess, for the big part of the game, for almost 19 overs, I was thinking that I gave away too many runs, and I’d be the culprit of the game. But God gave me another chance and I believed in myself and thanks to God that I defended it and thanks to the staff as well, who believed in.”

Arshdeep remained composed and once again demonstrated why this format regards him so highly as a death bowler.

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