Shardul Thakur was given the challenging task of taking India to a victory in the 4th T20I against England. The fast bowler after guiding India to a win revealed the advice stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma gave him. Rohit Sharma was the captain towards the closing stages of the match as Virat Kohli had gone off the field due to a niggle. The fast bowler stated that Rohit recommended him to follow his instincts and back himself before bowling the delivery.
Further, Shardul Thakur added that Rohit also advised him to use the bigger side of the boundary to his advantage so that the England batsmen are unable to hit sixes easily. The fast bowler got his lengths all wrong in the initial few deliveries of the last over but finished the job in the end as India levelled the series. Thakur was the star out Indian bowler yesterday as he picked 3 wickets in his spell including that of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan who were taking the match away from India.
Shardul Thakur Reveals The Advice Stand-In Skipper Rohit Sharma Gave Him
“Rohit said just back your instincts, think, take your time. He mentioned that one side of the ground is bigger and the other is short so plan your bowling and execute your balls [accordingly],” said Shardul Thakur in the post-match presentation.
Talking about the bowling in the second half, Thakur admitted that the conditions were challenging as the dew factor came into the play. He continued because of dew India bowled slower deliveries which made it difficult for England batsmen to execute big strokes.
“There wasn’t much dew in the last three games but in this game, there was dew. So definitely a tough last over. They [England batsmen] were swinging hard and they were always going to go for runs. It was important to bowl those 1 or 2 dot balls and the game was sealed”, said Shardul Thakur.
“There was dew coming in so had we bowled the slower ones on the stumps or a little fuller then it would have been easier to hit. So the idea was to hit it into the pitch and keep it away from their power zone”, he added.