It had to be Shardul Thakur to take out the valued wicket Joe Root, which would probably probably be the end of England‘s challenge at The Oval. This is the second time in the two Tests that Shardul Thakur has scrutinized the English captain in this series after scoring in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
In fact, not taking the second new ball, and handing over the older one to Shardul Thakur, was a master stroke from Virat Kohli. The born Palghar bowled just 6 overs in the first 80 overs that India bowled; he took Rory Burns’ breakthrough wicket that morning.
On the first ball of the 81st over, which was Shardul Thakur’s second period, he threw Root with an innocent delivery, bowled at 127 KPH. A ball of slightly short length from the outside stump, without Thakur moving off the field, went straight on.
Root wanted to inflict it on the third man, which was his shooting. However, he edged it to the sticks. And watch Shardul Thakur go into his celebration. He was great with bat and ball throughout the match – definitely a strong contender for the Man Of The Match award.
Watch: Shardul Thakur Gets Rid Of Joe Root
The LORD strikes gold! 💥
Shardul bakes one outside in the hallway and Root chops it up! 🇮🇳
– Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) 6 September 2021
India 2 wickets away from victory at Tea
Joe Root was the seventh wicket to fall; his expressions, body language indicate that he knows the end is near. After Shardul Thakur broke the 100-run opening with Rory Burns’ wicket and David Malan ran himself out, India rolled over the English batsmen by 6 wickets in the second session.
Ravindra Jadeja got rid of Haseeb Hameed and Moeen Ali. Between the two wickets, Jasprit Bumrah bursts through the defense of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow. Thakur returned to claim Root’s wicket before Umesh Yadav fired Chris Woakes on Tea’s lap. India are now just two wickets away from the lead in the series.