ENG v IND 2021: “I always believed that I had the ability to bat”- Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur had a brilliant Test match at The Oval. The all-rounder scored half-centuries in both the innings (57 and 60) to bail India out of trouble. He also picked three crucial wickets (1/54 and 2/22) in the match helping Team India to an emphatic 157-run victory in the fourth Test.

Thakur expressed his delight and opened up about his performances.He said that he was always looking to create an impact on the game and make his team win.

“It feels great, the day I got to know I am playing the game, I planned on creating an impact in this game and create such an impact that I have to make useful and winning contribution for the team. 

On Day 5, with this result, I am very happy that I could contribute more than 100 runs and three wickets in the game. I always believed that I had the ability to bat, in the nets there was enough time to bat. I think these are the small little things I have done in the nets,” Shardul Thakur told bcci.tv.

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Pacer Umesh Yadav, who played his first Test of the year, said that he was happy to contribute to the victory and opened up on the mindset for the next match.

“Definitely, I am feeling very good. After a long time, I played a match and I gave a good performance as well. Not just me, everyone performed well and it was a team effort. 

Shardul gave an all-round performance, Rohit and Rahul started well and then the middle-order and lower-order came to the party. We knew the wicket was flat so we had to put in a lot of effort on Day 5. We tried to bowl at good lengths and we tried to contain as we knew the wickets will come,” said Umesh.

The fifth and the final Test will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester starting from 10 September. 4