India vs New Zealand: Magician Shardul changed India’s course by taking two quick wickets Pipa News

India vs New Zealand: Magician Shardul changed India’s course by taking two quick wickets

Shardul Thakur is often called ‘magician’. When wickets are not falling, or a partnership needs to be broken, captain Rohit Sharma throws the ball to Thakur. If the team needs some runs, Thakur will do well with the bat as well. Social media has dubbed him ‘Lord Shardul’ as the Mumbai player has done well in both the departments.

Thakur was dropped from the home series against Sri Lanka but the selectors selected him for the three ODIs against New Zealand. His performance prompted the panel to add him as the 21st member of the core group of probables to be rotated ahead of the 50-over World Cup at home.

Sharma said that Thakur has the ability to take wickets at crucial times. New Zealand were at one stage on Tuesday chasing a target of 386. At one stage, they were 184/2 in 25 overs, with Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell looking in good condition for the charge.

It was then that Sharma edged the ball to Thakur, who caught Mitchell behind and greeted Kiwi skipper Tom Latham with a knuckleball, a low full toss that he didn’t expect. Latham plays straight but finds Hardik Pandya caught low at mid-off. The Kiwis were 184/4 and later Thakur also got Glenn Phillips short.

Sharma praised Thakur for his ability to get wickets at crucial times.

He said, ‘He has a habit of taking wickets at crucial times for us. We have seen it not only in ODI cricket but also in Test cricket. There are many instances that I remember, the opposition building a partnership and he came in and got us the win. He is very important for us, we know where we stand as a team, what he brings to us is very important.

Sharma and Thakur had the same coach, same school and later played for Mumbai. The captain said that Thakur is smart enough and understands what to do. “In this format, you need to use your skills and Shardul definitely has some skills. He has a good knuckleball, and bowled it to Tom Latham today. he was well
Planned in the middle by some players. I was not involved in that. It was Virat (Kohli), Hardik (Pandya) and Shardul, so it was a good plan,” he revealed.


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