Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri hailed Shardul Thakur’s gutsy effort with the bat in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against Australia at The Oval, England. He called him a fighter and lauded his confidence.
Shardul Thakur yet again proved his prowess with the bat as he made a valuable contribution with the bat down the order for his team and bailed them out of trouble. The Mumbaikar showed great grit and resilience and played sensationally well.
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Shardul Thakur shared 109 runs partnership with Ajinkya Rahane and made sure that India avoid the follow-on. Once the senior batter was back in the hut, he took the onus on himself and smashed his half-century. This was his third consecutive fifty at the Oval as he ended with the knock of 51 runs.
Ravi Shastri feels that it was a good performance from India and the whole team would be delighted with the way Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur batted. Speaking to Star Sports, he said:
“They would be delighted that they showed character when they batted in that partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur. Then came out and bowled extremely well. They were a bit unlucky and could have had two or three wickets. But they came out with the intention of bowing out Australia. It was a very good performance from India.”
ICC World Test Championship Final: “He’s a fighter. He’s got tremendous confidence in his own ability,” Ravi Shastri Lauds Shardul Thakur
Ravi Shastri further hailed Shardul Thakur as a fighter and said that it was a gutsy effort from him. He pointed out the drives that he played and said that batting great Sunil Gavaskar would be proud. He explained:
“He’s a fighter. He’s got tremendous confidence in his own ability. He believes that he can do it. It’s not the case of going out there and letting it happen, he believes in making it happen. It was a gutsy effort because he got pummeled early on his elbow and his wrists but he didn’t give up. Three times he’s batted here, three times he’s got a half-century,
“India will be hoping for a stunning comeback when the Lord gets some runs and you never know with him, he might take some wickets as well. But some of the shots that he played were as good as any you’ve seen in the game. That straight drive would have made Gavaskar proud.”
India then chipped in with quick wickets in the second innings and kept themselves in the hunt. At Stumps on Day 3, Australia were 123/4 and have taken a lead of 296 runs.