IND vs ENG 4th Test 2021: India all-rounder Shardul Thakur scored a quick half-century to steady India’s submerging innings. He dominated England’s pacers James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton by scoring fifty off just 31 balls. He walked in when India was struggling at 127/7. He went on to smash 57 runs off 36 balls at a strike rate of 158. This was his second half-century in test cricket that took India’s scoreboard near 200 after an early fall of the top order. He went on to smash 57 runs off 36 balls at a strike rate of 158, in an innings that comprises seven fours & three sixes.
Shardul Thakur registered the second-fastest fifty for India in test cricket. He surpassed Virender Sehwag’s record who had slammed 32 balls fifty against England in 2008. Kapil Dev has scored the fastest Test fifty for India. He had slammed a 30-ball half-century against Pakistan in 1982.
Fastest fifties in Tests by Indians:
30 – Kapil Dev v PAK, 1982
31 – Shardul Thakur v ENG, 2021
32 – Virender Sehwag v ENG, 2008
33 – Kapil Dev v PAK, 1978
33 – Kapil Dev v ENG, 1982
After registering a match-saving fifty on day one of the IND vs ENG 4th Test 2021 at the Kennington Oval, London, Shardul revealed the secret behind his gleaming knock. Shardul said that playing with the straight bat is the reason behind his success in test cricket as a batsman. He also credited team India’s batting coach Vikram Coach for grooming his batting & helping him to improve his batting skills.
When he was asked the reason behind playing with a straight bat & his success mantra in test cricket he said, “I think playing with the straight bat is the key as it gives you more runs. It swings and seems a lot in here. So for batsmen, it is important to play with a straight bat and score runs. In recent times my batting has also improved. I have discussed this with our batting coach and the throwdown expert and they also suggested I play with a straight bat whenever the opportunity comes “
When asked how much pressure does he take off the team’s expectation from him he said,” We must take responsibility for the team. It does not matter if you are a pacer or a spinner. If something is needed to be done I must do it by hook or by crook, I take it like this. I take it as a challenge, I must make an impact with my bat and ball at the same time.”
Coming back to the match, After wrapping up India’s innings for 191 runs, the hosts got off to a bad start as openers Rory Burns (5) & Haseeb Hameed (0) were sent back to the pavilion right in the fourth over by pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Right on the verge of stumps, Umesh Yadav struck to get the big wicket of England captain Joe Root (21) to reduce England to 52/3. In the end, Malan and Overton ensured that England does not lose more wickets before stumps.