Indian seam-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur had a mixed outing in the fourth T20I against England. The pacer bowled a game-changing 17th over in which he claimed the prized scalp of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan on successive deliveries.
But Thakur came under pressure after he was hit for a couple of sixes by Jofra Archer in the final over of the innings. Post those two sixes, a number of his teammates including stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma came to give him advice on the possible course of action.
As it turned out, after bowling a couple of wides, Shardul Thakur finally got his radar right as he dismissed Chris Jordan to ensure that India sealed the game by eight runs.
Rohit Sharma, as it turned out, had simply asked him to back his instincts, revealed Shardul Thakur at the post-match presentation.
“I am enjoying myself, and bowling in times when batsmen are going hard at us. Hardik had some plans but Rohit just wanted me to back my instinct. He mentioned one side of the ground is shorter and just asked me to keep it in mind and asked me to apply myself,” Thakur said.
He also admitted that it was very difficult to control the ball given the presence of heavy dew.
”There was a lot of dew in this match, which wasn’t true of the last three matches. They were swinging hard in the last over, and it was important to bowl a couple of dot balls and then the game was sealed. The dry ball worked for them, and when I tried a slow bouncer it was in the slot and it went for six. If we bowled the slow ones on the stumps it would’ve been easy to hit, so the target was to keep it away from their power zone. If the ball is drier, it’s easier to grip for the knuckle ball,” the pacer added.