When it gave the impression to be going all south for Group India, all-rounder Shardul Thakur took the issues into his personal palms to ship a blazing but helpful knock in opposition to England on Day 1 of the Fourth Take a look at at The Oval on Thursday. Coming in when the guests have been tottering at 117-6, Thakur not solely scored runs however he scored them quick. The recalled all-rounder Thakur, who had not performed since struggling a hamstring harm through the drawn sequence opener at Trent Bridge, smacked 3 maximums and seven boundaries in his 57 (36) earlier than being undone by Chris Woakes. In the long run, Thakur was the one batsman alongside Virat Kohli (50) to the touch the half-century mark, thereby taking India to 191.
Watching Thakur’s heroics after a forgetful day of yet one more batting collapse, cricket followers from India thronged to social media with praises and memes.
Thakur’s half-century surpassed England nice Ian Botham’s 32-ball fifty in opposition to New Zealand, additionally on the Oval, in 1986 because the quickest in a Take a look at in England. Notably, this was Thakur’s fourth match at this stage.
Afterward, Jasprit Bumrah struck twice earlier than Umesh Yadav received the vital wicket of Joe Root as England went to stumps 53 for 3.
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