After qualifying for the grand finale of the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Rising Pune Supergiant fast bowler Shardul Thakur, who has been the part of Mumbai Ranji Team revealed it was the all-round effort from the players to get the desired results in IPL 2017 after beating Mumbai Indian at their fortress.

In his conversation with his bowling partner Jaydev Unadkat, Thakur reiterated that by putting on some hard work has earned rewards particularly in the bowling department for Supergiant which will play the final on May 21.

“We have put in a lot of hard work, winning nine games of 14 wasn’t easy and I feel winning this one against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai was something special,” Thakur told iplt20.com.

While reflecting on the win against Mumbai Indians, Thakur stated the mixed bench has put in their planning in a bid to prove their middle in the middle while adding he is excited to be the part of the formidable side.

“It feels great. It is our first final for Rising Pune Supergiant,” Thakur said.

In 11 matches, Thakur has bagged 11 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 28 whereas, Unadkat claimed 22 wickets to become second leading wicket taker in this season after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has claimed 25 after playing 13 matches.

The Palghar-born 25-year-old Thakur picked three wickets after conceding 37 runs in four overs.

Unadkat, who bowled in tandem with Thakur, has played a pivotal role in the Supergiant bowling department as both kept on picking wickets for Steven Smith-led side at regular intervals in the recently finished games.

“It has been brilliant so far. I have been getting the rewards. It comes down to how we have planned and executed those plans. Everyone has been taking crucial wickets at (crucial) times,” Unadkat revealed.

While making the best use of his slower deliveries, Unadkat has been very good in catching the ball which further shows how dedicated and passionate Supergiant players have been under newly appointed skipper.

“It has been a team effort. So far so good! I am getting the rewards. (I am) really happy… just one more match to go,” Unadkat said when Thakur posed a question after 20-run win against Mumbai Indians.

It was wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni earlier, who brought Supergiant into the game by scoring 26-ball 40 which was laced with five sixes as it was defended by Pune bowlers by compensation for each other as they also contained the Mumbai’s decent batting line-up.

“You also saw how the wicket was playing. It was a bit difficult in the powerplay. But after the powerplay, the field was spread (and) it was a bit easier. Slower ones were working. I must say you got wickets on that (delivery) and me too,” Unadkat stated.

When Unadkat was asked by his teammate Thakur about getting too close to the Purple Cap, the latter stated he is eyeing the trophy while giving his best by rolling over the arm.

The left fast bowler Unadkat is happy to be part of the Pune-based outfit while stating Purple Cap will be a bonus into the kitty.

“If I get that (purple cap), I would be the happiest person. But so far, the eye is on the (IPL) trophy. It has been brilliant to be part of this set up and to be playing the final would be great as well,” Unadkat concluded.

Shardul and Unadkat have shared 33 wickets in the ongoing IPL edition as they would be eyeing to register the glory by taking more wickets in the final on May 21.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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