India took three wickets for Stumps on Day 1 of the 4th Test vs England.© AFP
India sailor Shardul Thakur thinks the visitors have a great chance to limit England to a low first innings total after taking the wicket from in-form Joe Root late on Thursday. India was thrown out for 191 in their first innings, but managed to take three England wickets for Stumps on Day 1, including Root’s big. “Their in-form batsman Joe Root is out. So we have a great opportunity to narrow them down to a low total so we can keep ourselves in the game and it’s neck and neck,” Shardul said during a virtual press conference afterwards. the play of the day at The Oval.
Shardul scored a blistering half-century to save India the blush and revealed that playing with a straight bat is the key to scoring runs in England conditions.
“The more you play with the straight bat in English conditions, the more runs you get. The ball swings too much, so it’s better to play straight. My coaches tell me to play straight bat and tail as much as possible to score,” Shardul said.
“You have to take responsibility whether you are a pacer or a batsman. When you play for India you have to take responsibility when you get the chance.
“For me it was a challenge and when I go to bat I have to create such an impact that it opens the door for my team’s victory,” he added.
Shardul also opened up about his nickname ‘Lord’. “I only have two nicknames, Lord is just a meme that started on social media, but I’m quite happy to get a lot of love from the teammates and fans around the world,” he said.
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