We all witnessed Shardul Thakur’s heroics in the first innings of what turned out to be one of the greatest test matches ever (at least for India). Much to our surprise, it came with the bat. The batsman along with Washington Sundar took India to a reaspecatble total from nowhere against the fierce Aussie pacemen.
The way in which Shardul Thakur took on the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc was a sight to cherish. Hwoever, according to the seam-bowling all-rounder, tackling the pace of Cummins & co was way easy for him as compared to getting a seat in a Mumbai local.
“Getting a seat in a (Mumbai local) train, it required skill and timing. Facing fast bowlers is much easier,” Shardul Thakur told the Indian Express in an interview.
For Thakur, who was grown up playing on matting wickets in Palghar, tackling pace has never been an issue, as was demonstrated during his knock of 67.
“I always enjoy playing fast bowlers, I have never been scared of speed. Am not scared to face even 145 kmph plus. Maybe it’s because of how my cricketing career started. We have a ground in my village where my first few years of cricket were played on matting wickets. The pitch in Palghar had uneven bounce, so handling bounce came naturally to me. At the same time, I faced throwdown specialists regularly in the Indian team nets, so am used to playing pace,” Thakur said.
The Mumbai cricketer also opened up about being away from his family for more than four months.
“I missed my family, my home cooked food, my bed. When I came today my mother said ki kitna patlaa ho gaya hai tu. Khane ko nahi milta tha kya? It’s a line which any mother says. The day the series ended, I was just hoping that I will reach home soon. Suddenly the flight seemed very long, the drive home took very long too. I just wanted to reach home ASAP,” Thakur added.