Comment: Is villainizing Arshdeep Singh for the drop catch fair?

Arshdeep Singh’s anger at the dropped catch is understandable. I also got really angry during the match. But that one drop catch does not justify calling him a villain. A youngster is already gilt to drop the catch. Such discussions from above will torture him more mentally.

Such mistakes happen to big players in cricket. We are upset with Arshdeep’s drop catch today, but on the last day of the Sydney Test, it was Tim Paine’s 3 drop catches that saved India the match. No one complained or belittled the performance of the Indian batsmen, saying that India could have lost the match had Penn not dropped the catches of Pant and Hanuma Vihari.

With only ten overs left in the match, Hanuma Vihari dropped his catch pen. Mitchell Stroke was bowling very dangerously with the new ball. If Hanuma Vihari was out that day, the lower order batsmen could have faced strike in 3 overs with the new ball. But we appreciated a lot and praised Hanuma Vihari for that drop catch. After this, thanks to a brilliant innings of the ball in the Gabba Test, India defeated Australia by 3 wickets to clinch the series. All this happened only because of Tim Paine’s drop catch.

Roberto Baggio is one of Italy’s greatest footballers. But a player like him missed the biggest chance of the biggest match of his life. In the shootout against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup final, Baggio had to score a penalty kick to equalize the score. Had he scored, the score would have been tied at 3-3. But Italy lost the World Cup final after the ball hit the goal post. That missed penalty still haunts Baggio.

Besides, how can we forget the most expensive dropped catch in cricket history. South Africa and Australia had clashed in the Super Six. Australia must win this match at any cost to reach the semi-finals. Batting first, South Africa scored 271 runs in 50 overs. That was a big score on that pitch at Headingley. South Africa also had dangerous bowlers like Alan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Steve Elworthy and Lance Klusner to defend the score. Australia was in trouble at the loss of 3 wickets for 48 runs in 12 overs. Somehow Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting managed to manage the innings.

But in the 31st over, Herschel Gibbs, one of the world’s best fielders, dropped Steve Waugh’s catch in his hands. Steve Waugh went up to Gibbs after that dropped catch and said, ‘You don’t think you’ve given up on the World Cup!

And that’s what happened after that. Steve Waugh played an unbeaten innings of 120 to win the match and reach the semi-finals and in the same semi-final Australia defeated South Africa to reach the final and then win the title. That dropped catch by Herschel Gibbs made it all happen. Gibbs is one of the best fielders in world cricket after Jonty Rhodes. When those gibbons can commit such a blunder, Arshdeep Singh’s capture is not the crime of making us enemies of his life.

A community that doesn’t stand by stars in their bad times has no right to celebrate them even in their good times.

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