Centurion. The first Test between India and South Africa (India vs South Africa) is being played in Centurion. Team India scored 327 runs in the first innings. In reply, South Africa lost 4 wickets for 32 runs. However, after this Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock took over the team and took the score beyond 100 runs. Indian team is playing with 5 bowlers in the match. Shardul Thakur has been given a chance as an all-rounder. But Jasprit Bumrah could only bowl 5.5 overs and has gone off the field due to injury.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra meanwhile raised questions about Shardul Thakur’s bowling. While commenting on Star Sports, he said, ‘Shardul Thakur may be playing as a fast bowler. But he is not included in the top-5 fast bowler. After Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj playing in the match, the number of Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma will come. He said that Shardul has been included in the match as an all-rounder. In such a situation, he will have to perform well with both the ball and the bat.
Could score only 4 runs, playing 5th test
Shardul Thakur could only score 4 runs in the first innings as a batsman. At the same time, he has not got a single wicket out of 4 of South Africa who have fallen so far. Mohammed Shami has taken 2 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj got one wicket each. Talking about Shardul’s Test career, he has taken 14 wickets in 4 Tests before this match. Apart from this, 190 runs have been scored with the help of 3 half-centuries. Average is 38.
Talking about his overall first-class career, he has taken 221 wickets at an average of 28 in 117 innings of 66 matches. 6 wickets for 31 runs is his best performance. Has scored 1444 runs with the help of 9 half-centuries. He has taken 145 wickets in the overall T20.