Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Cricketing fraternity backs Arshdeep over dropped catch backlash

The cricketing fraternity has come out strongly in support of India’s young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh over his dropped catch of Pakistan batter Asif Ali, who went on to apply the finishing touches for Pakistan in their successful chase of 182 in a thrilling Super Four match here.
In the third ball of the 18th over, when Pakistan needed 32 runs off 15 balls, Ali had slog-swept off leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi. But he got a thick top-edge, which flew towards short third man. Arshdeep, stationed there, put down the sitter as the ball went through his hands. If Arshdeep had taken the catch, Ali would have been out for a duck.
Eventually, Arshdeep trapped Ali lbw in the final over with a pin-point yorker. But by then, he had made 16 runs off eight balls. But with two needed off the last two balls, Pakistan won it as Iftikhar Ahmed got the needed runs with a drive down the ground.
Even before the run was completed, Arshdeep had flicked out the bails at the non-striker’s end in disappointment. His team-mates had run in to pat his back and console him after the match ended, where Arshdeep had figures of 1/27 in 3.5 overs. Unsurprisingly, he was viciously trolled on social media due to dropping Ali’s catch and it led many people in the cricketing world to tweet out in support of him.
“Stop criticising young @arshdeepsinghh No one drop the catch purposely..we are proud of our boys .. Pakistan played better.. shame on such people who r putting our own guys down by saying cheap things on this platform bout arsh and team.. Arsh is GOLD,” tweeted former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Opener Abhinav Mukund recalled on Twitter how he had felt after dropping Steve Smith on 37 at short-leg during the 2017 Pune Test. Smith went on to hit a match-winning century for Australia. He asked fans to not be harsh on Arshdeep over his dropped catch.
“After dropping steve smith in the pune test, i was absolutely inconsolable for hours alone in my room. I really hope @arshdeepsinghh doesnt feel that way. He will be more gutted than anyone else in our country tonight. Lets cut him some slack!”
Former India left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan tweeted, “Arshdeep is a strong character. Stay that way boy.”
“My request to all Indian team fans. In sports we make mistakes as we r human. Please don’t humiliate anyone on these mistakes @arshdeepsinghh,” tweeted former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
Arshdeep’s IPL side, Punjab Kings, also tweeted in support of him. “We are with you Arsh.”
India’s next Super Four match in Asia Cup 2022 will be against Sri Lanka at Dubai on Tuesday.

Indian govt slams Wikipedia for false info on Arshdeep Singh

The Indian government on Monday slammed Wikipedia for publishing false information on cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page that linked him to the separatist Khalistani movement, saying such incitement cannot be permitted.
Singh faced vitriolic attacks on social media by some users after he dropped a crucial catch in a thrilling Super 4 Asia Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.
After the missed catch, information on his Wikipedia page was changed to link him to the separatist Khalistani movement.
Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar took to Twitter to slam such a move.
“No intermediary operating in India can permit this type of misinformation (a)n(d) deliberate efforts to incitement (a)n(d) user harm – violates our govts expectations of safe and trusted internet,” he said.
It was also said the Ministry of Electronics and IT has summoned executives from Wikipedia to explain the false post but officials denied any such move.
According to the edit history of the cricketer’s Wikipedia page, an unregistered user replaced the words “India” with “Khalistan” at several places on the profile and his name was changed to “Major Arshdeep Singh Bajwa”. But the changes were reversed within 15 minutes by Wikipedia editors.
The slanderous linking of him to the Khalistani movement was said to have been done by elements in Pakistan.
Big social media firms have drawn flak in the past over hate speech, misinformation and fake news circulating on their platforms.
The government had last year notified new IT rules to make digital intermediaries more accountable and responsible for content hosted on their platforms.
The rules required social media companies to take down contentious content quicker, appoint grievance redressal officers and assist in investigations.
Significant social media intermediaries — those with more than 50 lakh users — have to follow additional due diligence, including the appointment of a chief compliance officer, a nodal contact person and a resident grievance officer and all three officials will have to be residents in India.
The IT ministry, in June, circulated the draft rules that propose a panel to hear user appeals against inaction on complaints made, or against content-related decisions taken by grievance officers of social media platforms.
At present, “there is no appellate mechanism provided by intermediaries nor is there any credible self-regulatory mechanism in place”, the ministry had said.
Several cricketers and politicians have backed Arshdeep Singh saying anyone can make a mistake in a high-pressure game.
Pakistan needed 34 runs to win when Ravi Bishnoi came in to bowl the 18th over. Arshdeep Singh dropped a relatively easy catch of Asif Ali on the third ball of the over, which led to a massive momentum shift and Pakistan winning by five wickets.
Pacer Arshdeep Singh was called in to bowl the final over but was unable to defend seven runs.

SourceIANS/PTI