Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja hailed Shardul Thakur for the innings he played when India were under pressure in their first innings in the WTC Final. He scored 51 of 109 deliveries and added a crucial 109-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane to help India avoid the follow-on and finish on 296.
Australia who scored 469 runs in their first innings are now keen on setting India a tough total with the pitch breaking up and showing uneven bounce in the final two days of the Test match. They have taken their lead past 400 runs which is already a challenging one for the Indian team.
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Analyzing the match, he hailed Shardul Thakur for sticking along with Rahane during the partnership. He coped with a few blows early on in his innings before digging deep and playing a mature innings.
Ajinkya Rahane Showed India How To Bat: Ramiz Raja
“Miracles happen in Test cricket, and since it’s the WTC Final, you will always put your best foot. India would’ve learnt their lesson from the first innings after a poor batting effort. Rahane showed them how to bat, and sometimes, the tailenders can also lead the way for other batters on how to play. The way Shardul batted, he played with focus and had a positive intent,” Ramiz said on his official YouTube channel.
He further praised the Indian all-rounder for understanding his game well and understanding his batting.
Shardul Thakur Did Not Raise His Bat Because He Knew He Played The Wrong Shot: Ramiz Raja
“He understands his batting, and he’s an honest worker. When he was dismissed after his fifty, he didn’t raise his bat because he knew he played the wrong shot, and that India hadn’t been out of trouble yet. They want India to win,” Ramiz further said.
Given how both Shardul and Rahane played in the first innings, the duo will need to bat well in the second innings as well.