Shardul Thakur is one of the most impressive all-rounders if not the best. He has shown over the years how he can bat for India and take them over the line. Remember his innings at the Gabba where he had a solid counter-attack with Washington Sundar? In the same game, as India went on to chase a winning total, Thakur played a sharp shot to get out. Provided that the dressing room is tense, Rohit Sharma lost his cool on his Mumbai teammate. He tells Rahane that he will teach Shardul a lesson.
“Shardul Thakur was walking when Washington was out. Rohit told him ‘this is your chance to be a hero’. And he just nodded and left,” said Rahane on Voot streaming the documentary ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’.
R Ashwin weighed in: “Just as he was about to leave, Rohit said, ‘Shardul, finish it. That’s exactly what he said, I understand Shardul completely. He must have imagined… ‘Like Ravi bhai said, Dhoni hit a six and won the World Cup’. So inside Shardul’s mind, he has already understood the moment, the commentary, the book, the film, everything. So Shardul goes for it, it goes to short square leg and is out. And everyone inside is like “What are you doing?”
Rahane then added: “Rohit was sitting next to me. He said, ‘Let the match end, let us win, I will teach him a lesson’. I said, ‘Forget it, we’ll see after the match is over.’
Despite Shardul’s mistake, India won the match and created history as they defeated Australia in Australia. Meanwhile, Thakur scored a half-century to help India take a crucial lead over Australia in the first innings which came in handy. Later that year, he also scored twin fifties at the Oval and India won that Test to take a 2–1 lead.
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