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Shardul Thakur’s versatile performance has kept team India in the contest: Sachin Tendulkar

January 18, 2021

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India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar praised Indian fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur for their brilliant performance. The bowling pair picked up pick nine wickets as they bowled out Australia for 294 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Sachin Tendulkar particularly emphasized on Shardul Thakur for his stunning all-round performance on day three. He further said that the 29-year-old's efforts had kept the Border-Gavaskar Test series alive. The former congratulated Mohammed Siraj for his maiden five-wicket haul.

The men in yellow began Day 4 with a lead of 54 and all ten wickets in hand. However, India's ace pacers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur knocked down to restrict the hosts and keep Team India in the contest. Australia's opening batsman Marcus Harris and David Warner added 89 runs for the first wicket. However, Mohammed Siraj finished the day with figures of 5/73 from his 19.5 overs. The seamer picked up crucial wickets of Australia's frontline batsmen, including Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, and Test skipper Tim Paine.

Siraj is the fifth Indian bowler to claim a fifer at Gabba

Mohammed Siraj's five-wicket haul at the Gabba stadium was only the fifth time an Indian bowler made this feat at the historic venue. The 26-year-old achieved the feat in only his third Test match. Erapalli Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi, Madan Lal and Zaheer Khan are the other Indian bowlers to have grabbed five-wicket hauls at the Gabba Brisbane.

Simultaneously, the Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur recorded the second-best match figures by an Indian cricketer at Brisbane. The 29-year-old all-rounder picked up 4 wickets for 61 on Day 4. He also claimed 3 wickets for 94 in Australia's first innings. Thakur's match figures of 7 for 155 is currently the best by an Indian bowler at the stadium over the last five decades. Veteran off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna holds the record for the best match figures at the venue. He picked up eight scalps for 218 runs in the January 1968 Test.

Shardul Thakur also top-scored with 67 runs in India's first innings. He is now the first player to take seven wickets and score a half-century in a Test match in Australia. The hosts were bowled out for 294 to set India a target of 328 runs. If team India grabs a win or a draw, they will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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