Brisbane: India struggled with 186 for 6 when India’s fast pitcher Shardul Thakur went out at bat in the opening innings of Test Four against Australia. In such a situation, in his mind, coach Ravi Shastri said that if you play in this country you will get a lot of respect from the public.
Shardul Thakur, knocked out at number 8 on the third day of the game Sunday, scored 67 points and shared a 123-point partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar (62). Also brought Team India to a better position. He also did some great shots up his sleeves. In response to 369 points in Australia’s first innings, India’s first innings were reduced to 336 points. By the end of the day’s game, Australia had scored 21 points without a loss in the second set. As a result, the host’s lead was 54 races.
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Shardul said in the post-match press conference: ‘When I went to the ground it was tough and I won’t deny it. The public cheered on the bowlers from Australia. But I remember our trainer Ravi Shastri’s lecture before the ODI series. He said that “if you play in this country you (the audience) will be respected.”
The fast bowler said, “The coach said people would love you because of your performance and the only thing I thought was I should get the respect of the public.” It will be useful for my team after the match of the day, it is the most positive thing for me. There were 2 things on my mind. The spectators will make noise but if I beat well, they will congratulate me too.
The Indian locker room also stood alongside the audience and greeted them after being fired. Shardul said he liked to beat and waited for the opportunity. He said, “I am able to hit. I train whenever the throw specialist has time on the team. These are the times you work hard. Let’s wait until he does something for the team.
Shardul went on to say, “The only idea at bat time was to spend as much time as possible in the crease to minimize runs and runs in the first innings.” He said he benefited greatly from touring Australia with the “A” team. He said: “A team tour is reserved for the second row team. It has helped a lot. We came here in 2016. When you play in this team, after you join the national team, it’s not a very difficult situation.
Asked about the partnership with Washington Sundar, he said: “We haven’t played a lot together. Have played once in T20 matches and once in practice matches. Both have the mentality to be successful at this level. To be honest, we weren’t looking towards the dashboard. Our effort was to spend time there. We knew that after a while their bowlers would start to tire and then we would have a chance to score points. We spoke to each other well.