Shardul Thakur made his Test debut for India during the fourth Test match at The Gabba in Brisbane. He had a dream debut as he not only showcased his mettle with the ball but also scored runs. The bowling all-rounder impressed everyone by taking 3 wickets in the first innings.
During the first innings, Rahane & Co were in all sorts of trouble as they lost more than half of their batting line-up. When India was reeling at 186 for the loss of 6 wickets, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar did a world of good for the team.
Thakur struck a 123-run stand with debutant Washington Sundar. Pat Cummins made a mess of the Mumbai man’s stumps. Thakur received a standing ovation after he departed for 67. The 29-year-old all-rounder ended up as the highest run-scorer of the team.
Shardul Thakur’s innings included a flurry of 9 fours and 2 sixes to his credit. He drew praises from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his all-round masterclass. Netizens poured in with praises for the bowling all-rounder for his immense contribution at The Gabba.
It was because of the magnificent partnership between the duo, India was able to reach 336. As far as the second innings is concerned, Thakur once again bowled incredibly well. The right-arm fast bowler accounted for 4 dismissals to his subtle bowling variations of good line and length.
India fielding coach Sridhar shares a hilarious incident in SCG Test
During the third Test match between Australia and India, Shardul Thakur was sitting at the bench. The Mumbai bowling all-rounder was seen carrying out drinks for the Indian players with important tips from the dressing room from head coach Ravi Shastri.
Senior off-spinner Ravi Ashwin and fielding coach R Sridhar narrated what Thakur did while passing on the key messages. In fact, the story turned out to be funny. Sridhar added saying that head coach told Shardul some important messages that he needed to go and share with Ashwin and Vihari.
At that time both of them were fighting really hard to save the Test match. Sridhar recalled what Ravi Shastri told Thakur. “Ravi Shastri had a clear message. He called Shardul Thakur (and said) ‘Shardul, come here and tell them that I told this specifically.’
He (Shardul) was almost shivering. He said ‘ What should I say, sir?’ ‘Tell Ash, that I told him’, Shastri replied. ‘What should I tell him, sir?’, Thakur enquired,” Sridhar said during a YouTube session on Ashwin’s official channel.
When Thakur didn’t share Ravi Shastri’s advice to Ashwin and Vihari
Meanwhile, Ashwin also recalled the incident. Shastri said, “Ashwin should take care of this end, and Vihari should bat from the other end. Ashwin is the best batsman against Nathan Lyon in this entire team. So he should bat from this end. He has a huge stride which helps him negate spin so well. Vihari is managing Starc and Cummins really well, getting underneath those bouncers. So ask them to continue,” Ashwin wrote.
All the instructions were given to Shardul when he came out with drinks on the field. Ashwin recalled: “Then out came Shardul, running out from the dressing room. He was catching his breath when he reached us.” We were like: ‘Just say it man’, while drinking water.
Shardul said: “They told me so many things from the dressing room’. Yes, please tell, (I said). ‘But I am not going to say any of it,” Shardul replied. “You guys are doing a great job. So please continue”. Interestingly, both batsmen survived the Australian bowling attack. The duo played more than 40 overs and helped the team settled for a draw. In the wake of a draw, India scripted history by winning the Gabba Test and won the series by 2-1.