Tried to strike in the right spot, the pitch offered natural help: Shardul

Johannesburg [South Africa]Jan. 5 (ANI): Indian bowler Shardul Thakur expressed his joy after this decisive performance against South Africa in the second test underway here at Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Shardul Thakur picked seven wickets as South Africa regrouped for 229 in the opening rounds of the second test on Tuesday.

“When I go into the floor it’s all about self-confidence and self-confidence. I go in with confidence because there’s no second major, so I think it’s a simple and a little mantra for my success these last few days and I would love to continue this form every time I play. I always play to win, even when I look at other players, I like those who like to win the game for the team ” Shardul said in a video posted to BCCI TV.

“I was just trying to throw the ball in the right spot, watching my bowling alley and there was natural help from the pitch so I tried a little swing here and there and I think it’s God’s will. and I’m very happy about it, “he added.

Asked by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey about the origin of the term ‘Lord Shardul’, the all-rounder said it could have started while playing in a home series against England.

“Seriously, I don’t know when that happened, who started calling me Lord. But I’m sure it started in the series against England. It was a home series after we came back from Australia right before the IPL was the series where I got a lot of wickets, mostly two back-to-back wickets, so I think from there the name came along, “the all-rounder told Paras Mhambrey.

At Stumps on day two, India’s scoreboard reads 85/2 with Pujara (35) and Rahane (11) in the crease. Much like the first day, 11 wickets fell on the second day as Shardul Thakur dominated the proceedings on Tuesday.

India got off to a bad start in the second set as substitute captain KL Rahul was sent off in the seventh set. India’s problem escalated further when Mayank Agarwal offered no hits and received LBW in the 12th.

Pujara (35) and Rahane (11) then ensured that India no longer suffered from hiccups as the visitors finished the day at 85/2 with a 58-point lead. (ANI)

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