When Shardul Thakur went out at bat on Sunday, saving India from a precarious 186/6 wasn’t the only target on his mind, as he was also keen to wow the Aussie crowd after learning how bad it would be ” rewarding ”by coach Ravi Shastri. .
India looked at a barrel at 186 for six on the third day of the fourth and final test, but Thakur (67) joined debutant Washington Sundar (62) for a combative 123-point seventh stand that helped his team cut the Australia. the first innings lead to just 33 points.
“When I entered it was difficult, I wouldn’t deny it. The crowd cheered the Australian bowlers. But I remembered our trainer Ravi Shastri saying from the start of the One-day series that “if you play in this country you will be rewarded”, ”Thakur spoke of the inspiration behind the unfazed way he was. hit.
“People will love you for your performances and this thing was also on my mind that people are going to love me.
Striking at number eight, Thakur impressed with his stroke play, his workouts coming straight out of the practice manuals. On the stumps, Australia were 54 in the lead after reaching 21 for no loss in their second inning after India sacked for 336.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, it would help my team, that was the biggest advantage. These two things were on my mind. The crowd would make noise, but if I beat well, the same crowd will cheer me on, ”Thakur said in a virtual press conference after the match.
Acclaimed, he was definitely not only by the crowd but also by his teammates, who gave him a standing ovation on the way back to the locker room. Thakur spoke of his love for the staff and how he waited for such an opportunity.
“I have batting talent. Whenever the projection specialists with the team are available, I practice. These are the times that you practice and wait and you could do something for the team. The idea was to spend time, it would add points and the deficit will also decrease.
He also admitted that traveling with the A team to this part of the world has helped him improve his skills.
“The A tours are intended for the second line up. It has helped a lot. We were here in 2016. When you play this (a team tour), the transition from India A to India is not difficult. This is how you execute your plans. “
India earned applause for a lionhearted effort despite being ravaged by injuries, with Thakur and Washington being the latest group of newcomers to rise to the occasion. Thakur said the key to their partnership on Sunday was clear communication.
“I didn’t fight much with him. Once in a T20 match and once in a practice match. We both have the temperament to be successful at this level. Honestly, we weren’t looking at the dashboard. The idea was to spend time, ”he says.
“We knew their bowlers were getting a bit tired, so it was a matter of staying in there for an hour, we probably knew we’d be on top, if we just hang on. We communicated very well with each other.
“When one was playing a blowout shot, the other would say do the basics.”
Thakur also revealed that the home team’s players tried to verbally punch him but he wasn’t paying attention.
“The Australian players were trying to have a conversation with me, but I didn’t respond. I just answered once or twice, there were a lot of normal questions, even if they were trying to drag me, I didn’t hear it, I just played, ”he says.