India pacer Shardul Thakur has been in the news especially after his batting exploits helped India won the fourth Test in Oval against England. His twin half-centuries against England in the 4th Test helped India register a 157-run win and Shardul revealed how MS Dhoni’s tip helped him make his batting better.
These were Shardul Thakur’s second and third Test half-centuries as his first came in yet another epic Indian win which came at Brisbane in the fourth Test against Australia. It was Shardul Thakur’s second Test of his career and the first after a long time as his debut Test against West Indies in 2018 ended after 10 balls as he injured his hamstring.
Shardul had slammed a brilliant fifty and along with Washington Sundar, helped India put up a good total helping the visitors put the hosts under pressure and then win the Test and series 2-1.
Shardul’s half-centuries against England in Oval came when India needed the most, as his 57 in the first innings helped India put on 191 on the board in 1st innings, and then his 60 in the second innings, helped India put up a target of 368 runs for England to chase.
Talking about his batting prowess, Shardul Thakur credited his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni’s tip which helped him fine-tune his batting. He also thanked senior India players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for motivating him.
“There have been people from the Indian team management, Virat, Rohit, who kept on motivating me. They all said that whenever I bat, I should think the way batsmen think. Once I was in Mahi bhai’s (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) room and holding his bat. He told me that my batting grip is too high and I need to hold it lower to get better control over the shot. Now I hold my bat there and it helps,” Shardul said in an interview with the Indian Express.
Shardul’s knock was peppered with some traditional back foot drives, cover drives, and straight drives and gave even top-order batsmen some complexion.
‘Kuch Bhi Ho Jaye, Batting Mein Acha Karna He Padega’: Shardul Thakur On Working Hard On His Batting
With those knocks at the Oval, Shardul Thakur proved that his half-century and batting heroics at the Gabba was not a fluke and that he had the ability to become a proper all-rounder, something that the Indian team was searching for.
In fact, Shardul was picked ahead of Ishant Sharma in the first Test of the series against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and the right-hander from Mumbai revealed what prompted him to work hard on his batting.
He said: “When I injured my ankle two years ago, it was decided that I need to take my batting seriously. I had the ability in me and going ahead I wanted to contribute in the lower order. I told myself, ‘kuch bhi ho jaye, batting mein acha karna he padega’.
In the past, there were opportunities that came with the bat too but somehow, I couldn’t make an impact. I told myself ‘aisa nahi chalega’. Lower order-batsman contributing always helps, and there have been many instances where 40-50 runs make a huge difference.”
Shardul Thakur will now be seen in action for the CSK in the second leg of the IPL 2021 which resumes from September 19 onwards when his team takes on Mumbai Indians in the opening clash.