The 23-year-old has come under heavy criticism after going down in a Super 4 match of the Asia Cup last month, with one event calling him a “Khalistani”.
“The team atmosphere is so good that we don’t allow outside noise. We enjoy each other’s company, stand by each other in bad times. It really helps,” Arshdeep told media at the mixed zone after India’s thrilling four-wicket win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener here on Sunday.
Arshdeep removed Pakistan’s in-form openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to provide a perfect start for India.
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Asked about the “challenges” of handling two high-pressure matches in the space of two months, he said: “There is nothing called a challenge when you enjoy your game.
“We enjoy our cricket, and as I said, the team environment is very good. We really love our game and when that happens you enjoy the sport and there is no challenge.”
“Personally, I also enjoy my game. When I get an opportunity, I try to stay in the present.”
On what he put in extra to be mentally tough, he said: “I didn’t put in anything extra, I just try to keep everything simple. Mainly, I don’t think much.”
Opening the bowling with veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep trapped Babar for a golden duck and then in his next over he dismissed Rizwan to give the early momentum.
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Chasing 161, India rode on Virat Kohli’s majestic 82 to clinch a last-ball four-wicket haul.
“Both teams are playing very well. As a youngster you love it. It was a big field, you have to run hard. It also challenges you physically and mentally and brings out the best in you,” he said. ended.