Seam bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur seems to be taking his batting very seriously ahead of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
And, it was thoroughly evident when the Palghar-born cricketer headed straight into the nets to have some batting practice after stumps were called on the third day of the ongoing intra-squad match.
And, this was after the all-rounder had already had a decent hit against the Indian bowlers during the intra-squad match alongside Ravindra Jadeja.
In a video shared by the BCCI, Rishabh Pant looked astonished after he found out that Shardul Thakur had gone in the nets to bat and he can be seen conveying the same to coach Ravi Shastri.
Here is how the conversation unfolded between Pant and Shastri-
Rishabh Pant: Sir!!
Ravi Shastri: Kya hua? (what happened?)
Shastri: Woah, udhar gaya hai? (He has gone there?)
Pant: Nets pe chala gaya sidha (He went straight to the nets).
The video also shows head coach Shastri shadow batting in the dressing room balcony.
Meanwhile, talking about the intra-squad match, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls on the third day while pacer Mohammed Siraj claimed two wickets.
Earlier, opener Shubman Gill hit 85 while Rishabh Pant smoked a whirlwind 121 not out off 94 balls. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma also picked up three wickets.
The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 18.
Watch the video here-
The third day of intra-squad match simulation was about settling down & finding that rhythm. 👍 👍 #TeamIndia
Here's a brief recap 🎥 👇 pic.twitter.com/WByZoIxzT6
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2021