Arshdeep Singh, the Indian cricketer, shared a light-hearted anecdote about a photo shoot with fellow player Avesh Khan, joking that it played a role in his outstanding performance during the 1st ODI against South Africa. The duo’s formidable partnership proved crucial in India’s 8-wicket victory, as they wreaked havoc, dismissing the Proteas for a mere 116 runs. This total marked South Africa’s lowest in ODIs on home soil.

After the game, Arshdeep joked about how a photo shoot with Avesh a day before the opening ODI played a major role in his performance. “It feels good, the photoshoot that I did with you (Avesh) has given me a big boost to produce a good performance here,” Arshdeep stated in a video posted by BCCI on X.

On the other hand, Avesh fell short of one wicket from clinching a five-wicket haul. He talked about his role as Arshdeep set the ideal platform for the rest of the bowlers to build on. “My job was to bowl wicket to wicket it feels good, my mindset has been to focus on things that I can control because when I didn’t play T20 I focused on ODI cricket, and this has benefitted me a lot. I focus and back my preparation, I want to give my 100% in every match,” Avesh stated.

The pitch conditions in Johannesburg favored the fast bowlers, and Arshdeep Singh took full advantage, showcasing his skill with the ball to secure his maiden five-for in the 50-over format. Avesh Khan, coming in as the first change, complemented Arshdeep’s performance with impressive figures of 4/27 in 8 overs. Together, they accounted for a remarkable nine wickets, setting a record for the most wickets by Indian pacers against South Africa in a single ODI innings.

With a convincing win in the first match, India now holds a 1-0 lead in the series against South Africa. The teams are set to face each other in the second ODI in Gqeberha on Tuesday, with expectations running high for another exciting clash between the two cricketing nations.

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