ENG v IND 2021: Sehwag and Jaffer laud ‘Lord’ Shardul Thakur after his second fifty in the Oval Test

Shardul scored 57 and 60 in the Oval Test match. England needs 368 to win the Oval Test.

Shardul scored 57 and 60 in the Oval Test match | Getty

India pacer Shardul Thakur achieved an interesting milestone as he followed up his first-innings knock of 57 with another half-century in the second innings against England in the ongoing 4th Test at the Oval.

On day 4, India found themselves in a spot of bother when Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed for 296 runs and then captain Virat Kohli followed shortly with the score reading 312/6. Rishabh Pant was joined by Shardul Thakur at the crease with India leading by 213 runs.

The duo kept the England bowlers at bay and conjured up a 100-run partnership for the 7th wicket. They score runs at a good speed as well which saw Shardul reaching his half-century off 65 balls and he was eventually dismissed for 60 in 72 balls with 7 fours and 1 six to his name, falling to Joe Root.

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But his 100-run partnership with Rishabh, who made 50, ensured India was firmly in the driver’s seat with the lead swelling nicely.

His knock helped him make two half-centuries in the same match and he received praise from all quarters on social media.

Virender Sehwag tweeted, “#LordShardul showing the middle order how it is done. Magnificent 60. What a #TeachersDay gift.

While former India opener Wasim Jaffer posted, “Whenever he came to the wicket Change came over the game of cricket #LordShardul #ENGvIND

Also sharing his thoughts on Shardul Thakur’s amazing knock was Aakash Chopra who tweeted, “If there’s a fan-club for the Lord…count me IN. Officially joining the club… Shardul Shardul. #EngvInd

India was finally bowled out for 466 runs with Umesh Yadav making 25 and Jasprit Bumrah contributing 24 runs. England was set a target of 368 runs to win the fourth Test and go 2-1 up in the series.


By Jatin Sharma - 05 Sep, 2021

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