Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has come up with 5 big game-changing moments created by Shardul Thakur which eventually led team India to defeat England in the 4th Test match at Kennington Oval, London by the huge margin of 157 runs. Also, this was India’s first win in the Oval in 50 years.
The left-arm wrist-spinner Brad Hogg shared his list of 5 big game-changing moments through a tweet. The first game-changing moment according to the veteran spinner was Shardul Thakur’s quick half-century in the first inning which helped India to post 191 runs on the board. Meanwhile, the second one was his crucial 60 runs in the second innings which helped India post a humongous target for the hosts.
Brad Hogg Feels Shardul Thakur Dismissing Ollie Pope Was A Game-Changing Moment
The third big game-changing moment according to Brad Hogg was the wicket of Ollie Pope picked by Shardul Thakur. Notably, Ollie Pope was looking in sensational form in the first innings as he scored 81 runs, however in the 77th over Thakur dismissed him which caused big trouble for England. The 4th game changer was breaking the opening century partnership of England openers in the second innings. Notably, Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns were batting amazingly well on the good batting surface while chasing the target. However, Shardul Thakur came and dismissed Rory Burns in 41st over.
The last big game-changing moment pinpointed by Brad Hogg was the dismissal of England captain Joe Root in England’s second innings. Notably, Joe Root has been in a red hot form lately and his wicket was the most important one for the Indian team. Brad Hogg wrote:
“57 in the 1st inns when the wicket was toughest. Fifty in the 2nd inns. Pope’s wicket preventing a bigger 1st inns lead for England. Breaking the 100 run opening p’ship. Dismissing Root in the 2nd inns. Thakur the Man of the Match easily. 5 big game-changing moments.”
57 in the 1st inns when the wicket was toughest. Fifty in the 2nd inns. Pope's wicket preventing a bigger 1st inns lead for England. Breaking the 100 run opening p'ship. Dismissing Root in the 2nd inns. Thakur the Man of the Match easily. 5 big game-changing moments. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/UoNEmX2rl6
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) September 7, 2021
Meanwhile, not Shardul Thakur but Rohit Sharma was awarded man of the match for his exceptional century at the Oval. However, talking on BCCI TV even Rohit Sharma agreed that Shardul Thakur deserved to be Man Of The Match after his outstanding performance.