Shardul Thakur: The Indian pacer was successful in picking the most important English wicket in the third session of the first day.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England in Nottingham, India pacer Shardul Thakur picked the biggest wicket of England captain Joe Root to join the wicket-taker’s list.
Brought into the attack for his third spell, all it took for Thakur to send back Root was a delivery. The right-arm bowler bowled a fuller delivery which swung into Root the extent that the right-hand batsman was found wanting in front of the stumps.
The fact that Root didn’t even care to challenge the umpire’s decision spoke highly about how straight he was hit in line with the stumps. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 22nd over, Root departed after scoring 64 (108) with the help of 11 fours. In what was his 50th Test half-century, England needed more from Root especially after two wickets early in the third session.
Thakur, who has a knack of making things happen, once again made instant impact in an international match. In addition to dismissing Root, Thakur also accounted for Ollie Robinson’s (0) wicket in the same over reducing the hosts to 155/8.
Before Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal right before the tea break, England were 138/3 and will have to do some serious pondering after losing six wickets for 22 runs in the evening session today.
Shardul Thakur dismisses Joe Root and Craig Overton in same over
SHARDUL THAKUR ON A ROLL 🔥
First the big wicket of Root and then Robinson for a duck ☝🏽
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) August 4, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
Lord Shardul Thakur takes the huge wicket of Joe Root! He’s dismissed LBW and walks for 64. He played a great innings but Thakur takes the scalp. #IENGvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) August 4, 2021
The Indian bowlers are on a roll. 🎯🔥
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 4, 2021
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) August 4, 2021
So Lord knew Bumrah would get Broad in one ball so gave him a boundary first ball.
What a kind soul. Lord Shardul.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 4, 2021
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