Brisbane: Team India’s fast bowler Shardul Thakur when he came out to bat in the first innings of the fourth Test against Australia, India was struggling with 186 for 6 wickets. In such a situation, it was in his mind that coach Ravi Shastri said that if you perform in this country, you will get a lot of respect from the audience.
Shardul Thakur, batting at number 8 on the third day of the match on Sunday, scored 67 runs and shared a 123-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar (62). Also brought Team India to a better position. He also made some great shots in his innings. In response to 369 runs in Australia’s first innings, India’s first innings was reduced to 336 runs. By the end of the day’s play, Australia had scored 21 runs without any loss in the second innings. Due to which the host’s lead has been 54 runs.
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Shardul said in the press conference after the match, ‘When I went to the ground, the situation was difficult and I will not deny it. The audience was encouraging the bowlers of Australia. But I remember our coach Ravi Shastri’s talk before the ODI series. He said that ‘if you perform in this country, then you (audience) will get respect.’
The fast bowler said, “The coach said people will love you because of your performance and the only thing on my mind was that I should get respect from the audience.” It will be helpful for my team after the game of the day, this is the biggest positive thing for me. There were 2 things in my mind. The spectators will make noise but if I bat well, they will also praise me.
The Indian dressing room also stood with the audience and greeted them after being dismissed. Shardul said that he likes to bat and he was waiting for the opportunity. He said, ‘I am capable of batting. I practice whenever the throw-down specialist has time in the team. These are moments for which you work hard. Let’s wait for him to do something for the team.
Shardul went on to say, “The only idea at the time of batting was to spend as much time at the crease as possible to reduce the difference between runs scored and runs in the first innings.” He said that he benefited greatly from touring Australia with ‘A’ team. He said, ‘A team tour is for the second line team. It helped a lot. We came here in 2016. When you play in that team, then the situation is not too difficult after joining the national team.
When asked about the partnership with Washington Sundar, he said, ‘We have not batted much together. Have played once in T20 matches and once in practice matches. Both have the mindset to succeed at this level. To be honest, we were not looking towards the score board. Our effort was to spend time there. We knew that after a while their bowlers would start getting tired and then we would have a chance to score runs. We were talking well to each other.