Shardul Thakur says that he is happy for Mohammed Siraj, who took a five-wicket haul in Brisbane, despite Thakur himself missing his fifer by just one wicket. Thakur took 7 wickets in the match and scored 67 crucial runs in India’s first innings.
Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj each had picked four wickets when Australia’s ninth wicket fell. Mohammed Siraj took his fifth wicket to claim his maiden five-for. And it was Shardul Thakur who took the catch of Josh Hazlewood at deep third man.
The Mumbai pacer says he doesn’t have any regrets about missing his maiden five-wicket-haul. He reveals that while he would have liked to bag the fifth wicket, but he is happy for his teammate, Siraj, who has been through difficult times.
”No, I don’t regret on missing a fifer in the second innings. I mean, it would have been okay if I had taken a fifer but I am really happy for Siraj and I really wished that he should get five wickets because he was going through a lot of hard time,” Shardul Thakur told PTI.
This was an emotional series for Siraj: Shardul Thakur
Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away while he was in Australia. Thakur says that it was a tough and emotional time for Siraj and he is happy that the RCB pacer bagged a fifer. The 29-year-old feels that Siraj is fulfilling his late father’s dream and that his father would be proud of watching his son pick wickets. India went on to beat Australia at the Gabba and conquered the fortress clinching the series.
”This was an emotional series for him. He (Siraj) lost his father recently and he mentioned that how his father wanted to him to play cricket. Even though he is not present here in this world, he is watching him from the heavens and he would have been really happy seeing him taking five wickets. So, when I took that catch, I was really, really (happy). I was like, thank god Siraj got five wickets,” added Shardul Thakur.