Birmingham. Ahead of the 5th and final Test between India and England at Edgbaston starting tomorrow, Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur said that he is enjoying his role in the team. As long as the main bowlers are on break, they can continue to do well and make an impact. He said that at the moment everyone in our fast bowling department is doing well, including Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav. Ishant Sharma was also in it and usually he would start with the new ball and at times it would happen that he would take 2-3 wickets in the first spell and I would get a chance to bowl later. He also disclosed about his nickname. Team India is ahead 2-1 in the series (IND vs ENG). In such a situation, they only need a draw to win the series.
Right-arm fast bowler Shardul Thakur told BCCI TV, ‘I get to bowl when there is a partnership going on and the main bowler has to be rested. On this occasion, there is an opportunity for me to take a wicket and do something for the team. He said that I think it is my job to bowl in such conditions and I like it because if I perform well, it affects the game.
Here the ball swings
The Palghar fast bowler played a key role in the 157-run victory over England in the fourth Test at The Oval. Thakur is included in the Indian team which will play in the fifth Test starting here on Friday. The 30-year-old bowler said that I think England is like a paradise for bowlers. They say this because the ball swings a lot there and sometimes you take a lot of wickets in one spell. That’s why I think England is one of my favorite places to play and bowl cricket. There is a lot of ‘lateral movement’ in England and it is up to you how you use it.
we were able to make a comeback
Shardul Thakur played a key role in the fourth Test at The Oval, picking up important wickets in both innings with two crucial half-centuries. In the first match, he scored 57 runs in 36 balls, which helped India to score 191 runs. In the second innings, he scored 60 runs in 72 balls. Recalling his performance, he said that these were important innings. England could have taken a bigger lead, but we were able to bounce back.
He said that when you play such innings, it motivates the teammates that we have got a good opportunity to come back in the match. It also has an effect on bowling and fielding. In the video, Shardul Thakur also spoke big about his nickname Lord and Beefy. He told that I am happy with any name. I was called Bull since Ranji Trophy days. People know me as Lord and Beefy after my performance against England. It shows how much my teammates love me. When I hear this, it feels good.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 30, 2022, 17:59 IST