Shardul Thakur delivers under pressure again | Cricket News

INDORE: A video, which went viral after India’s 90-point win over New Zealand in the third ODI at Holkar Stadium, showed India skipper Rohit Sharma expressing his frustration over Shardul Thakur after the versatile bowler conceded consecutive boundaries by throwing short balls to the centurion of the night, Devon Conway.
It didn’t take Thakur long to please her captain again. Wiping Rohit’s disappointment with him in his next class, Thakur resumed Glenn Phillips, who hit a heave to the side, and was caught by Virat Kohli. Post the game, Rohit and Thakur hugged, celebrating India’s 3-0 sweep of New Zealand.
It was a game that showed why the ‘Palghar Express’ continues to be an integral part of Team India’s ODI World Cup plans, even though it may have lost its place in the T20 and Test and ODI formats. for the moment. In a match that saw Rohit, Shubman and Conway rode breathtaking centuries, it was the Mumbaikar who walked away with the player of the match award, scalping 3 for 45 in their 6 overs.
Earlier in the game, he participated in a vital 25-point cameo, which took 17 balls and had three fours and a six. When he entered India, at 313 for 6 in the 43rd, threatened to blow up a dream start by Rohit and Gill. In him, Hardik Pandya found the perfect ally as the duo added 54 balls from just 34 balls to give India a tally they could rely on, on a road-like pitch.
Rebounding from making 30 in his first three unwicketed overs, Thakur changed the game’s complexion with his second spell, breaking wickets from Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham on consecutive balls, before firing Phillips in his next over.

Shardul Thakur. (Photo PTI)
Asked about Thakur’s usefulness in the squad after the match, Rohit went ga-ga over the 31-year-old. “He has a knack for taking wickets at the crucial moment for us. We’ve seen that not only in ODI cricket but also in Tests. He’s very critical for us and where we are at as a team. So I just hope he continues to put in performances like this and it will only do the team good and give them confidence that they can come and take wickets,” praised the Indian captain.
“This guy is very smart, he’s played a lot of domestic cricket and understands what needs to be done,” Rohit added. The India captain liked the way Thakur and his other teammates planned the sacking of his New Zealand counterpart Latham. “In this format you have to use your skills and he (Shardul) definitely has them. He threw a good ball to Tom Latham today (Tuesday), well planned in the middle by Virat, Hardik and Shardul,” complimented Rohit . .
With 6 wickets in three ODIs @ 20.83, Thakur had a decent run against the Kiwis, justifying the decision to play him ahead of pacy Umran Malik in the first two games. At 6.46 his save rate was higher, but then two of the games were played to extremely flat wickets, and “Lord Thakur” is known to be a partnership brakeman, a bowler who will go for wickets rather than to seek to control short.
Rohit’s confidence in his Mumbai team-mate’s abilities can be gauged by the fact that the Indian skipper asked him to win the final in Hyderabad in the first ODI when New Zealand had 20 to get, with a Michael Bracewell unleashed in full cry. . Even though Bracewell smashed it for a six on his first ball, and the next one was ruled wide, Thakur didn’t lose his temper. He unleashed a stump-leg yorker that trapped Bracewell in front, and India had won a close game.
It helped Thakur in the build up to this series, he had a strong outing in the Ranji Trophy, taking six for 122 (2-68 and 3-54) to help Mumbai register a massive victory over Assam. Left out of India’s Test squad for the iconic series against Australia despite not being in the XI for both Tests in Bangladesh, he hasn’t played a T20I since February last year. ‘last year.
He may not be a versatile player in Hardik Pandya’s league. He’s also not the ace of the pack like mohamed chami and mohamed siraj. He also doesn’t have a killer pace like Umran Malik. What Thakur has is swing, plenty of heart and useful batting skills that can come in handy at vital times.


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