Faf Du Plessis has recalled the time when Shardul Thakur’s batting helped CSK to get over SRH in the crucial 2018 IPL Qualifier.
Former South African skipper & Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf Du Plessis revealed that he thought that Shardul Thakur is just an average player & would get out from the pitch soon but the Indian pacer proved him wrong with the firework of his bat that helped CSK get the better of SunRisers Hyderabad during the IPL Qualifier 1 in 2018. In the 2018 IPL Qualifier, CSK were chasing a total of 140 runs when they reached to a defeating 62 runs for six wickets by the SRH bowlers. However Faf du Plessis valiant innings helped CSK close to the target. But the team kept losing the wickets at regular intervals & were reeling at 113 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
It was then that Shardul came into bat at number 10 & smashed 15 runs off just five balls to take CSK over the line of the target. “We were in huge trouble as we had lost all our wickets. Its one of those games where you hope you can do something great but it seems a long way away when everyone’s out and just me (Faf du Plessis) left,” said Faf du Plessis in a video posted on CSK Youtube Channel.
“But the guy who came on the pitch I remember Shardul was totally unbelievable. I have never seen him bat before so he came in & I was like probably the game is lost. He is definitely going to hit one run & then he is gonna get out. But he batted even better than me there for a while. He was unbelievable!” recalled Du Plessis.
The result of the game was unbelievable as CSK defeated SRH by two wickets in the game. CSK entered in 2018 IPL final & defeated SRH to grab their third IPL trophy.