Shardul Thakur has made history, slamming his third consecutive half-century at the Oval. The all-rounder achieved this feat during the World Test Championship final against Australia on Friday.
Thakur walked in at number seven, facing a challenging situation. A daunting task lay ahead of him as Australia’s pacers unleashed a relentless stream of short balls at him. Despite the pressure, Thakur held his nerve and rose to the occasion.
He displayed a captivating array of strokes, showcasing his prowess with the bat. Overcoming the initial storm of short deliveries, Thakur elegantly crafted a half-century off just 108 balls.
His resilience and grit shone through his innings. Each run scored by Thakur was a testament to his ability to absorb pressure and respond with agility and determination.
However, this moment of glory was short-lived as Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, dismissed Thakur at 51. The dismissal came on the very next ball after Thakur reached his half-century.
Despite Thakur’s spirited effort, India was bowled out for 296, conceding a substantial 173-run lead in the first innings. The battle was uphill, yet Thakur’s innings gave the Indian team a sense of hope and a glimmer of a fighting chance.
Thakur’s achievement is all the more remarkable when one considers the company he now keeps. The record for the most consecutive fifty-plus scores as a visiting batter at the Oval was held by the legendary Don Bradman, who had scored three half-centuries in a row.
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Shardul Thakur shares the record for most consecutive fifty-plus scores at the Oval as a visiting batter with Don Bradman
Now, Shardul Thakur shares this record with Bradman. To be mentioned in the same breath as the great Don Bradman is no mean feat. It is a testament to Thakur’s emerging status as a reliable all-rounder in the Indian cricket team.
In conclusion, Shardul Thakur’s latest half-century at the Oval is more than just a personal milestone. It’s a showcase of his perseverance, a statement of his growing stature in international cricket, and a beacon of hope for the Indian team.
Sharing a record with Don Bradman, Thakur has firmly placed himself in the annals of cricketing history. As we watch the remainder of the World Test Championship unfold, there is no doubt that Thakur’s name will be mentioned with respect and admiration.
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Lord Shardul they said..
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