Shardul Thakur, one of the surprise heroes of Team India’s recent triumph at the Gabba, Brisbane, has revealed that picking MS Dhoni’s brains when he was out of the Test team has helped his cause.
Shardul Thakur: Mostly Asked MS Dhoni How He Deals With Pressure
Speaking to TOI in an exclusive interview after returning home, pacer all-rounder Shardul Thakur admitted that conversing with his Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has helped him a lot.
He elaborated: “Mostly, I’ve asked him (Dhoni) about how he deals with pressure. He’s dealt with it as a player, captain, member of a losing side. At the same time, he’s received love as a member of a winning side. So, you know, he’s had all kinds of experiences.”
Praising keeper and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni further, Shardul Thakur added that an upcoming cricketer can learn plenty from him if he keeps his eyes and ears open.
He explained in this regard: “Whenever he shares his experience, we have something to learn from him. He is a kind of man who will say something each and every day and if you’re smart enough to pick it up, you’ll keep learning. Each and every day, you’ll learn something or the other.”
Shardul Thakur played for Chennai Super Kings since 2018 after turning out, for now, defunct Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 and Kings XI Punjab in 2015 and 2016. With injuries to Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, India were forced to play Shardul Thakur in the Gabba Test.
Further injuries to Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and KL Rahul forced India to field an inexperienced bowling attack at Brisbane with pacer Mohammed Siraj most experienced having played 2 Tests earlier in the series.
Shardul Thakur Made Test Debut Against West Indies In 2018 But Could Bowl 10 Balls Only
He had made his Test debut against West Indies in October 2018. However, his dream soon turned into a nightmare as a groin injury forced him to hobble off the field after bowling just 10 deliveries. The Gabba Test was like a second debut for him, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. His bowling in both the innings was lively as he kept grabbing key scalps of Marcus Harris-twice, Tim Paine-twice among others. He had figures of 3/94 and 4/61.
With the bat, his 67 in India’s first innings was worth its weight in gold as he, along with Washington Sundar (62), featured in a 123-run stand for the seventh wicket. The partnership helped India recover from a precarious position of 186 for 6 and kept the team afloat in Brisbane.
The visitors, eventually, went on to win the Test by three wickets, following a stunning run chase chasing a stiff target of 328 on Day 5. India won at Gabba for the first time and Australia were defeated at the venue for the first time in 32 years since 1988.