Arshdeep hit vital shots in both his opening overs against Pakistan and South Africa and top batsmen like Babar Azam and Quinton de Kock respectively.
While Arshdeep took seven wickets in three matches at an economy rate of 7.83, Bhuvneshwar, despite taking three wickets in as many matches, was phenomenal at an economy rate of 4.87 in the 10.4 overs he bowled.
“We study the batsmen’s weaknesses and myself and Bhuvi bhai first try to get some swing and beat the batter in the beginning. I can attack the batsman because Bhuvi bhai bowls so economically that the batsman is already under pressure,” Arshdeep told reporters after India’s five-wicket defeat against South Africa on Sunday.
Bhuvneshwar’s efficiency might not reflect in the wickets column, but he got considerable movement in all the three matches to keep batsmen in check.
“Credit for my success goes to him. The batsmen don’t take chances against him (Bhuvneshwar) and do it with me. So we forged a good partnership. A bowling partnership is as important as a batting partnership,” added Arshdeep .
His own confidence was boosted by the breakthroughs he got in initial overs.
“You feel confident when you get first wickets and the team also feels confident about your abilities.”
Arshdeep found the Perth track the fastest in his short but eventful international career.
“It was a great track to bowl on. It was a dream wicket for any fast bowler and perhaps the toughest of the tracks I have bowled so far in my career,” he said.
However, there is no ideal length applicable to all the bowlers in these types of pitches.
“The ideal length will change for every bowler on this track. The day ball swings around a bit, you’d like to bowl that full length and if there’s no buy from the track then you bowl normal hard lengths.
“Both teams used the wicket quite well and used the hard lengths to execute their plans.”
Arshdeep questioned why senior spinner R Ashwin was given the 18th over.
“If you play five bowlers, wherever Rohit bhai felt he had to bring in Ashwin, he did,” Arshdeep said in defense of the move.
Could 145 have been a defensible target on this course?
“It’s a case of ifs and buts. Maybe 133 would have been good enough and sometimes even 160 looks less. So unless you score 145, you won’t know,” signed off Arshdeep.