Former India head coach Ravi Shastri praised Shardul Thakur’s valiant effort with the bat in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at The Oval, England. He called him a fighter and praised his confidence.
Shardul Thakur once again proved his prowess with the bat as he made a valuable contribution with the bat in his team’s order and got them out of trouble. Mumbaikar showed great courage and stamina and played sensationally well.
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Shardul Thakur shared 109 runs in partnership with Ajinkya Rahane and ensured that India avoided the follow-up. Once the senior batsman was back in the shack, he took responsibility and crushed his half-century. This was his third consecutive fifty at the Oval, as he finished with the 51-run stroke.
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Ravi Shastri feels that it was a good performance from India and the whole team would be delighted with the way Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur batted. Speaking to Star Sports, he said:
“They would be delighted to have shown character when they batted in that partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur. He then he came out and played extremely well. They were a bit unlucky and could have had two or three wickets. But they came out with the intention of taking Australia out. It was a very good performance from India.”
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ICC World Test Championship Final: “He’s a fighter. He has tremendous confidence in his own ability,” Ravi Shastri praises Shardul Thakur.
Ravi Shastri further praised Shardul Thakur as a fighter, saying that it was a valiant effort on his part. He pointed to the drives he played and said big hitter Sunil Gavaskar would be proud. He explained:
“He is a fighter. He has tremendous confidence in his own ability. He believes that he can do it. It’s not about going out and letting it happen, he believes in making it happen. It was a valiant effort because he took an early beating on the elbow and wrists, but he didn’t give up. He three times he’s hit here, three times he’s a half century,
“India will expect a stunning comeback when Lord gets some runs and you never know with him he might take some wickets too. But some of the shots he played were as good as any you’ve ever seen in the game. That direct hit would have done Gavaskar proud.”
India then stepped in with quick wickets in the second innings and stayed in the hunt. At Stumps on Day 3, Australia were 123/4 and took a 296-run lead.
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