India bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur has a knack for doing well when the team needs the most. In the last couple of years, he has won quite a few games either with the bat or ball. In the third ODI against New Zealand, it was the case of doing well with the bat and ball. Meanwhile, in the 26th over of the game, Thakur got scolded by skipper Rohit Sharma.
Apparently, the all-rounder took two back-to-back wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham. However, later in the over, Thakur conceded two back-to-back fours against Devon Conway. In both deliveries, the Mumbaikar bowled absolute pies at waist height that the conveniently dispatched for four by the New Zealand opening batter. After this, Sharma scolded Thakur and was seen asking the latter to pitch the ball up.
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Shardul Thakur was adjudged the Player of the Match
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old took three important wickets from the 26th to 28th overs stage. Before this, the right-handed all-rounder was belted for 30 runs in his first spell of three overs. However, in his second spell, he took the wickets of Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, and Glenn Phillips to put major dents on the Blackcaps run chase of 386 runs. In the end, the visitors were bowled out for 295, losing the game by 90 runs. After the game, the commentary panel in the game chose Shardul as the Player of the Match.
“I’m well liked by them and even I like my team-mates. At some point they’re going to come after your, and it’s important to stay in the moment and not get ahead of yourselves. I ask myself what needs to be done and do it the next time. I don’t think too much because we’ve to be ready for all situations, whether with the bat or ball. Everyone enjoys batting and modern-day game is all about batting. Don’t you think so?” Shardul Thakur in the post-match presentation.