He scored 67 runs with the bat at The Gabba while also taking 4 wickets in the second innings. There was no looking back since then. Thakur is currently playing the fourth Test against England in the UK.
The 29-year-old showcased his mettle with the bat in the first innings at The Oval. The Palghar-born cricketer top-scored with 57 off 36 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes to his name.
Shardul Thakur also took 1 wicket in the first innings when he dismissed Ollie Pope, who was the leading run-scorer for England. He scored 81 runs before falling prey to Thakur’s bowling.
Thakur once again continued his midas touch with the bat where he scored yet another half-century. With this, he became the sixth cricketer in the history of Test cricket to score half-centuries in both innings of the match while batting at no.8.
Thakur ended up scoring 60 off 72 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six at a strike rate of 83.33. Former cricketers, experts and fans reserved the highest respect for Thakur for his all-round contribution.
Shardul Thakur strikes as Rory Burns departs after scoring 50
Earlier, Team India set up a target of 368 for the hosts after batting so well in the second innings. The visitors were bowled out for 466 on Day 4 and stretched a massive lead as well.
In reply, England responded strongly as they ended Day 4 with 77/0. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed enjoyed batting against the Indian seamers as they scored runs confidently. On Day 5, Shardul Thakur provided a much-needed breakthrough for India.
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Rory Burns went on to score yet another fifty of the ongoing series. The southpaw raised his bat after scoring his 11th Test fifty. He brought up his fifty by scoring a boundary off Shardul Thakur.
Rory Burns made his way back to the pavilion in the very next delivery. Shardul Thakur bowled a gem of delivery and to which Burns got a feather of touch as Rishabh Pant took an easy catch behind the stumps.
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