IND vs SA: Shardul Thakur Gives Bold Reply When Asked About His Consistency

Updated - 09 Oct 2022, 12:47 PM

Shardul Thakur, Indian Bowler
Shardul Thakur (Image Credit: Twitter)

India will lock horns against the Proteas in the second ODI in Ranchi. The mention of the city from a cricketing perspective inevitably, however, would lead to MS Dhoni’s name being taken.

Dhoni retired from international cricket more than two years ago and plays the sport only when the Indian Premier League (IPL) comes around but his presence, or absence, will be keenly felt when India tries to level the series in his hometown.

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India’s bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur got a taste of that when asked in a press conference on the eve of the match if India’s bowlers’ consistency has been affected because they no longer receive Dhoni’s guidance from behind the stumps.

Shardul Thakur, India
Shardul Thakur [Image-BCCI]
“Everyone misses Dhoni because his vast experience matters a lot for everyone. He has played more than 300 ODIs, and more than 90 plus Test matches. It’s very difficult to find someone as experienced as him. Our generation has played with him hence we do miss him,” said Thakur.

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“As far as consistency goes, I think even bowlers playing for other teams tend to get hit for a lot of runs when they play in India. In the T20 series against South Africa, if you are going to criticise the bowlers you need to criticise their bowlers too. We won the series after all, their bowlers also got hit for a lot of runs.”

Shardul Thakur, India
Shardul Thakur [Image-BCCI]


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