Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja praised Shardul Thakur for the innings he played when India were under pressure in their first innings in the end of the world trade center. He scored 51 of 109 deliveries and added a crucial 109-run position with Ajinkya Rahane to help India avoid the follow-on and finish on 296.
Australia, who scored 469 runs in their first innings, are now keen to set India up on a tough total with the pitch breaking down and showing uneven rebounding in the final two days of the Test match. They have taken the lead beyond 400 runs which is already a challenge for the Indian team.
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Analyzing the match, he praised Shardul Thakur for sticking with Rahane throughout the partnership. He took a few shots early in his innings before going deep and playing mature innings.
Ajinkya Rahane showed India how to bat: Ramiz Raja
“Miracles happen in Test Cricket, and since it’s the WTC final, you’ll always put your best foot forward. India would have learned their lesson from the first innings after a poor batting effort. Rahane showed them how to bat and sometimes tailenders can also guide other hitters how to play. The way Shardul hit, he played with concentration and had a positive intent.” said Ramiz on his official YouTube channel.
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Furthermore, he praised the Indian all-rounder for understanding his game well and understanding his hitting.
Shardul Thakur didn’t lift his bat because he knew he played the wrong shot: Ramiz Raja
“He understands his hitting, and he’s an honest worker. When he was fired after fifty, he didn’t pick up the bat because he knew he’d hit the wrong shot and India wasn’t out of trouble yet. They want India to win.” Ramiz further said.
Given the way both Shardul and Rahane played in the early innings, the duo will need to hit well in the second innings as well.
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