“Nobody wants to bowl no-balls in any format of the game”: Rahul Dravid defends Arshdeep Singh

Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid on Friday defended Arshdeep Singh as the youngster bowled five no-balls in the second T20I against Sri Lanka at Pune. The veteran cricketer stood behind the young bowling group for the inconsistency, explaining that experience will yield results.

“Nobody wants to bowl wides and no-balls in any format of the game, but especially in the T20 format of the game,” Dravid said in post-match press conference in Pune.

He added, “The young kids will have games like this at times, and I think we all need to be patient with them, (but) we need to be understanding that games like this can’t happen. I think as they’re learning, it’s tough. It’s not easy learning in international cricket. You have to learn on the job. I think we’re going to have to have a little bit of patience with these guys.”

India lost to Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the second T20I in Pune, with Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka crowned Player of the Match after a storming performance with bat and ball. The teams meet in Rajkot on Thursday in the series decider.