Arshdeep Singh, a young left-arm India bowler, faced nasty online trolls at the Asia Cup after he missed a crucial catch in a high-stakes match against Pakistan. India ultimately dropped the game.
Most likely, Arshdeep would not have experienced the vile hatred he eventually encountered if India had won that game. It was encouraging to see how much support Arshdeep received from the entire cricket community.
He has received ongoing support from the selectors and team management, and as a result, he was included in the Indian side for the T20 World Cup.
In reality, Arshdeep was assigned the 20th over to bowl in both of India’s Super 4 defeats (vs Pakistan and vs Sri Lanka). Arshdeep was required to defend 7 runs in both games.
7 runs is a fairly small number in T20Is. It is quite challenging to stop 7 runs (in one over). Arshdeep would have changed the outcome of the game if the target had been greater than 10 runs.