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'I try to win games for India whenever I play'

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
December 02, 2020 20:26 IST
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'You have to be smart enough to execute your plan, where you want batsman to play their shots.'

Shardul Thakur

IMAGE: India pace bowler Shardul Thakur celebrates after taking the wicket of Steve Smith during the third and final ODI in Canberra, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Over the past few years, Shardul Thakur has been in and out of the Indian team but the lack of consistent run hasn't dented the pace bowler's determination to do well whenever he is handed the ball.

 

The 29-year-old, who did not play in the first two ODIs, made an instant impact in the final match with a three-wicket haul that included the key wicket of the dangerous Steve Smith.

Asked if he is frustrated for not getting enough chances, the 29-year-old man from Maharashtra's Palghar district answered in negative.

"The selection is not in my hands. It is important is that I try to win games for India whenever I play. That is my mindset," Thakur said at the post-match press conference after India's 13-run win, on Wednesday.

Since his international debut in 2017, Thakur has played 27 international white ball games.  

"I play to win. I don't think that I am getting just one match or I am playing as a replacement of an injured player. Once you are on ground, all players just focus on wining matches," Thakur, who has played only 12 ODIs in more than three years, added.

India will next take on Australia in the three-match Twenty20 International series but Thakur, who is not part of the squad, is not losing sleep over it.

"The team was selected long back. I was not part of the T20 squad, so I was not thinking about it."

India may have lost the ODI series 1-2, but Thakur stated that the team thinks that they are playing a six-match white ball series.

"We are looking it as a six-match series instead of three match ODIs. From now on, we can exploit the conditions as boys are getting used to it (conditions)."

Thakur said he relished dismissing Smith and also shared his game plan.    

"Everyone wants to win. The plan was to bowl on stumps. He is their top player, getting him early was huge... "

Thakur said his aim was to bowl straight and not allow Australian batsmen to play horizontal bat shots.

"Important was to bowl our lengths consistently. The Australian have played a lot of cut and pull shots. I just tried to keep them off those shots and made them play straighter and it worked for me."

The difference in this game was using more variations, he pointed out.

"The grounds are big. So you have to be smart enough to execute your plan, where you want batsman to play their shots. The wickets were good to bat so more important for bowlers to use variations smartly, execute the plan ball-by-ball, that was the key," he said.

Thakur also said that absence of David Warmer    also worked in India's favour.

"To be honest, David Warner was not playing. It was a good opportunity for us to put them on the back foot and try to win this game, take advantage of the situation.

"There are three upcoming T20 games and hopefully the Indian team can carry this momentum into the Twenty20 series."

Thakur was all praise for Thangarasu Natarajan, who made his debut in Canberra on Wednesday, who made a strong comeback to finish with 2-70 in his first match for Team India.    

"He has done well in IPL, executed a lot of yorkers. He came back well that shows he has got a big character. We need players like him. In white ball (format) you are going to get hit.

"What is important is you come back, develop the confidence and take it from there."

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