Shardul Thakur made a strong statement at the Gabba in the fourth and final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Series 2020-21. Thakur scalped three wickets and helped India to restrict the Australian total to 369 runs in the first innings. During his batting, he stitched together a stunning rear-guard partnership with the debutant Washington Sundar.
Both he and Sundar compiled a very important partnership of 123 runs for the seventh wicket, as India ended their first innings total on 336 runs. Thakur was the top scorer in the Indian batting line up in the first innings. He scored 67 runs, while Washington Sundar scored 62 runs. Moreover, he hit a pull shot for six over Square off Pat Cummins. That shot was the highlight of the innings.
The press conference of the all-rounder provided various details about his overall performance
Thakur has now stated that his presence in India ‘A’ tour to Australia in 2016, has helped him immensely to get used to the Australian pitches. Thakur played some four-day games for India ‘A’ in Australia in 2016. He also said that the transition from India A to the international matches is not so tough.
“A-Tours are meant to give experience to your second line-up. It really helped a lot. That is when we were here in 2016. We played at the Allan Border Field. We played four-day games there. Though the pitch there is different, at least you are used to Australian conditions when you take that leap from India A to the senior side, the transition is not that difficult, it is all about how you execute at the senior level.”
Shardul Thakur feels that he has batting talent; what he said about batting in the match?
Thakur also said that he does practise a lot of batting during the net sessions. He feels that during this match he had an opportunity to contribute with the bat or his team. He was sure that if he spent time in the middle, India will benefit from it. Thakur also revealed that he has not batted so much with Sundar earlier.
“I have the talent for batting. That is why whenever there are throw-downs taking place in nets, I practice my batting. It is because of these are the type of moments for which we practice our batting. So, if an opportunity presented itself in this match, I knew that the team would benefit. That is if I stay at the crease for a long haul. I have not batted with Sundar much that is true. I have just batted with him once or twice. It was once it was in a T20 match and once it was a practice game before.”
What an emphatic win for Team India in Australia?
Shardul Thakur also said that the Australian players were trying to have some conversations with him in the middle. However, he did not pay any heed to them. He said they were asking him some normal questions, and even if they had tried to sledge him, he did not listen to any of those.
“Australian players were trying to have a conversation with me, but I was not replying. I just replied once or twice, there were a lot of normal questions, even if they were trying to sledge me, I did not hear it, I just played on.”
What next for Team India now post the successful Australian tour?
The IPL 2021 auction is nearly upon us and the players from across the globe will be excited. It is one of the biggest tournaments in world cricket if not the biggest one in itself. Due to that, the fans and the players will be excited and awaiting this auction.
To add to that, the Indian players will be preparing for the series against England. Joe Root and co. will be in India, trying to beat a side that just tamed the might Aussies in their own den. With that being said, some more positive cricket news can be on its way.
Another encouraging series of some brilliant cricket could be on its way. That would be before IPL 2021 and eventually the T20 World Cup this year. Due to this, the fans will be really excited and looking forward to the cricketing season. Let’s hope for the best!!