Shardul Thakur has proved time and again that he is a valuable asset not only with the ball but also with the bat. Despite breaking partnerships, Shardul got India out of trouble with the bat, with all three of his half-centuries coming at crucial junctures. His maiden Test half-century against Australia was the stuff of legends as he and Washington Sundar’s memorable partnership gave India the lease of life in the famous Gabba Test against Australia. A few months later, Shardul’s twin fifties against England at The Oval played a huge role in India’s victory.
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Let us tell you that there have been many occasions when Thakur’s batting has disappointed the audience. One such incident was narrated by Ajinkya Rahane when Rohit Sharma was enraged by Shardul’s batting. It was during the second innings of the Gabba Test when India were looking to chase down 328. With India losing Mayank Agarwal and Washington Sundar in quick succession, Shardul was joined in a set by Rishabh Pant, but when he was expected to take India to the finishing line with his teammate, India’s all-rounder flamboyant. Shot played and got out for two runs.
“Shardul Thakur was walking when Washington was out. Rohit told him ‘this is your chance to be a hero’. And he just nodded,” Rahane said on Voot streaming 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 how Ravi bhai said, Dhoni hits sixes and wins the world cup’. So inside Shardul’s head, 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, we win, I will teach him a lesson’. I said ‘forget it, we will see after the match is over’.”