Shardul Thakur wowed fans with his stunning performance in the fourth test against Australia at Gabba. Playing just his second test, he scored fifty fights in the opening innings and picked up seven wickets in the match as India beat hosts from three wickets to seal the match and win the four-game series.
Shardul Thakur has received praise from all over for his superb all-around exploits. And it’s safe to say fans would love him even more after Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent revelation about his action in the third test at Sydney Cricket Ground. The Mumbai star had decided not to pass on instructions from head coach Ravi Shastri to Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari as they were busy saving the test for the team.
During the game’s fifth day of play, Shastri called Shardul Thakur to pass some strategic instructions to Vihari and Ashwin. And while Shardul Thakur took to the pitch to speak to the duo, he didn’t get the point across. Ashwin made the revelation by speaking to Indian coach R Sridhar on his YouTube channel. The 29-year-old instead told Ashwin and Vihari to continue their great work with the bat.
“Ravi Shastri had a clear message. He called Shardul Thakur (and said) “Shardul, come here and tell them I said it specifically”. He (Shardul) was almost shaking. He said, “What shall I say, sir? “Tell Ash, what I told him,” Shastri replied. “What should I tell him, sir?” Thakur inquired. Sridhar said.
“Shastri said, ‘Ashwin should take care of this end, and Vihari should beat the other side. Ashwin is the best batsman against Nathan Lyon in this whole team. So he should beat this end. He has a huge stride that helps him cancel the spin so well. Vihari handles Starc and Cummins very well, going under those bouncers. So ask them to continue “,” Sridhar added.
Shardul Thakur, however, changed his mind after entering the pitch. While Ashwin and Vihari were doing extremely well, he told them to keep up the good work instead of passing on Shastri’s instructions.
“Then Shardul came out, running out of the locker room. He was catching his breath when he joined us. We were like, “Just say it man,” while drinking water. Shardul said: “They told me so many things from the locker room”. Yes, please say, (I said). “But I’m not going to say any of that,” Shardul replied. “You are doing a great job. So please continue ‘, ” Ashwin revealed.
Vihari and Ashwin indeed did a remarkable job of winning a famous draw for Team India and maintained the team’s chances of winning the series. The duo braved their respective injuries and struck for more than 40 times to save the game.