England vs India: Twitter Hails Shardul Thakur For Explosive Half-Century In 4th Test
England vs India: Reactions poured in for Shardul Thakur for his brilliant 36-ball 57 even as the Indian team was bowled out for 191 on Day 1 of the fourth Test.
- Shardul Thakur starred with the bat for India, hitting 57 off 36 balls
- Thakur's knock garnered big praise for him on social media
- Despite Thakur's heroics, India were bowled out for 191 in first innings
Shardul Thakur starred with the bat for India with a quickfire 57 off just 36 balls even as the other Indian batsmen capitulated yet again to see the team get bowled out for 191 in the first innings of the fourth Test against England at The Oval. Thakur's fifty was also the fastest by any batsman on English soil as it came off just 31 balls. India's position would have been more precarious if not for Thakur's knock that was studded with seven fours and three sixes. And despite the batting collapse all around him, Thakur's knock garnered praise from experts and fans alike on social media with Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians leading the way.
Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik was wowed by Thakur's innings.
Others hailed the unique record that Thakur owned of hitting the fastest fifty by any batsman on English soil.
Shardul Thakur 50 in 31 balls— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 2, 2021
** the 2nd fastest by an Indian in Tests (Kapil 30 balls)
** the fastest by any batsman in England (Botham 32 balls also at Oval in 1986)#INDvsEND #IndvEng#ENGvIND #EngvsInd
As Md. Shami's replacement, one didn't expect anything less than this from Shardul Thakur.— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) September 2, 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders also posted in appreciation of Thakur's stupendous knock.
Really enjoyed watching Shardul bat. Yes, a hoick here and there but lots of excellent shots in between. Definitely making a case for a bowling all-rounder at no 8— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 2, 2021
Thakur was the only batsman beside skipper Virat Kohli to play a knock of substance on the first day of the Test as the Indian batting line-up endured yet another collapse.