Shardul Thakur shares how India defeated Sri Lanka and his love for challenges

  • Team India new entrant Shardul Thakur shares his love for challenges and how India defeated Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy 2018
  • Shardul had taken 4 wickets in the clash against Sri Lanka, and was named the man of the match

India defeated Sri Lanka in the 4th T20I game of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 and have cemented their place in the final of the Tri-Series. The architect for India’s win over Sri Lanka was Shardul Thakur who picked 4 wickets on the night and was rightly named Man of the Match for his effort.

Shardul Thakur reveals how India beat Sri Lanka in Nidahas Trophy 2018

After his match-winning display, Shardul Thakur revealed how India managed to keep Sri Lanka to a chasable target and how he used his domestic cricket experience to cope-up with the initial failure in the Nidahas Trophy 2018.

Sri Lanka had got a very fast start and were flying after scoring more than 90 runs and losing just 2 wickets from their first overs. Then came a game-changing spell from Shardul Thakur and Vijay Shankar which restricted Sri Lanka to just 58 runs in next 10 overs and picked 7 Lanka wickets.

Thakur believes that is where India won the match by picking wickets in the second half of the Sri Lankan Innings. Wickets of Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera came at the right time as both of them got off to a start but could not capitalize and lost their wickets.

At one time, Sri Lanka looked certain to go beyond the total of 190 but could not only manage to score 152 in their allotted 19 overs which made the chase an easy for the Indian team.

As reported by ESPN Cricinfo, Shardul Thakur said: “The way they were going it looked they would end up with big scores but we managed to pick wickets of Upul and then Thisara came in and hit few boundaries but his wicket meant we had restricted them for 15-20 fewer runs.”

Thakur was quick to point out how India made a comeback in the second half of their game against Bangladesh and managed to halt their quick start and won the match. Thakur and India were keen to beat Sri Lanka after losing the first T20I game of the Nidahas Trophy 2018, after Kusal Perera’s brisk innings where Thakur gave away 27 runs in his opening over.

Thakur touched upon the point and claimed that he used his key domestic experience to come back from the disappointing start of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 series, where he gave away 27 runs in his opening over against Sri Lanka. Thakur said that working with Ajit Agarkar back in the days for Mumbai helped him to cope with the pressure and bowl crucial overs and pick wickets in absence of India’s leading bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

You can watch the whole interview of Shardul Thakur here.

READ: All you need to know about Nidahas Trophy 2018.


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