Indian pacemaker Shardul Thakur justified his selection well enough on the first day of the opening test against England in Nottingham. Shardul Thakur scored key hits at key moments in the game and played a significant role in bowling the home side for 183. The right seaman who got rid of Joe Root guessed the wicket.
Shardul Thakur threatened the English batsman from his first over and got two of his wickets in his 11th himself. The 29-year-old made a massive breakthrough when he returned for a new phase and kept Joe Root in the front. The English captain, on 64, didn’t even bother to check. In the same over of the fourth delivery, Thakur removed Ollie Robinson and left with no goals.
While Thakur contributed with a pair of scalps, Jasprit Bumrah grabbed four, followed by Mohammed Shami, who hit with three. India ended its day on a high as expected as they walked into the locker room unharmed. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul survived 13 overs and finished the game 21-0. Most menacing looked Sam Curran, who brought only one; James Anderson and Stuart Broad couldn’t let the opening games play much, however.
Enjoy the Dukes Ball and English terms: Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur stated that removing Jonny Bairstow when he was on the right track for fifty followed by sacking Joe Root for 64 were crucial strokes. The Palghar-born cricketer emphasized that the pitch didn’t look like it was spinning a lot; hence India went with four nearers. Thakur revealed that he is enjoying the English conditions and the Dukes’ ball and looking forward to the coming summer.
“Bairstow was well placed to score a fifty so getting him out during that time was crucial. And getting root, in your 60s or 90s or early, is always a good wicket. When we look at the pitch, it didn’t feel like it was going to get much better, so with four approaches. Enjoy the Dukes Ball and the English conditions, good preparation in Durham, a good idea of what this summer will be like and it’s good for us. ” said Thakur after the first game day.
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