Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, handed the ball back to Punjab’s Lovedeep Singh, a 22-year-old left-arm seamer, saying, “Bohut badhiya… Ye wala aur daalo.” Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, three members of India’s renowned top order, have traditionally been more vulnerable to left-arm pacers, particularly those who bring the ball back in. Lovedeep, one of the eight net bowlers India employed on Sunday in their first practice before their T20I match against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, may have bowled the most to all three of them for that reason.

Lovedeep, who has a chiseled frame and a powerful bowling motion, has the potential to become a terrific seam bowler, albeit maybe not one who can swing the ball as well as Trent Boult or Shaheen Shah Afridi. but enough talent to keep batsmen of the caliber of Rohit and KL Rahul on their toes.

Rohit was worried by his well concealed slower back-of-the-hand shot, which earned him plaudits from the India captain. “He gave me a lot of motivation. When I attempted my slower one, he commented “well bowled,” “After the net session, Lovedeep spoke while describing the back-of-the-hand release with his hands.

The Indian team management had specifically demanded left-arm seamers, and Dinesh Kumar, a cricket coach and the current in-charge of the Punjab Cricket Association’s net session, almost hand-picked Lovedeep. “I am aware of his tremendous potential since he has played for Punjab U-23. Leg-spinners and left-arm pacers were specifically requested (from the Indian team management). Lovedeep was the lone left-arm spinner out of the two we chose “explained Kumar.

Aside from the slower back-of-the-hand deliveries that Rohit, Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav praised, the ball that Lovedeep would cherish in his memory for a very long time was the one that either dismissed the India captain or almost did. Rohit miscalculated the length of the delivery and reacted defensively. A fielder is often stationed there pretty much the whole time, even in a T20I, thus the ball halted briefly before hitting the bottom part of Rohit’s bat and rising into the air into the cover area.