Shardul Thakur appeared on day 1 as a hero for Team India of the current fourth Test against England at Kennington Oval in London.
Thakur stepped in to bat when the visitors lost six wickets for just 117 runs. Soon India lost only another recognized batter, Rishabh pants, seven down for 127 runs. However, Thakur went for the counter-attack and knocked down English bowlers all over the park to take the total of India to the point of 191 runs.
The 29-year-old scored a remarkable 57 from just 36 deliveries using seven fours and three heavy sixes. During his sensational batting performance, Thakur also achieved a very special milestone.
The born Palghar reaches his half-century of 31 balls and breaks the record of the legendary English versatile player Ian Botham, which crushed the fifty out of 32 deliveries. Upon returning to the locker room, Thakur not only received appreciation from his teammates for the amazing batting effort, but also bothered because he had broken Botham’s record.
Talk to Sky Sports, the host broadcaster, Thakur, revealed that he was not aware of Botham’s record. He said his teammates teased him with Botham’s name, but it feels good to be compared to England well.
‘I was not aware of it (it broke Ian Botham’s record). But it is always good to score important runs for the team. Yes, these guys tease me with his name. But I think it’s good to be compared to the greats of the game, ” says Thakur.
The Mumbaikar also shared thoughts on his batting performance against the attack, saying there is no right way to score runs as one has to put runs on the board no matter how it comes. Thakur said he connected the ball well, and so he kept going.
“When Rishabh came out, it was important for me to play such an innings. There are two ways, either you can be patient and hit the partner to score runs or hit it. But at the end of the day, you have to score the runs. I think there is no right way to score runs. Runs are runs. Today was a day I could call properly. So I kept running, ” added Thakur.