In the third ODI of the series against New Zealand, India started a flier as both operas – Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill – slammed centuries but soon after the duo’s departure the Indian team’s momentum was derailed as wickets continued to tumble regularly . intervals. It was the partnership between Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya that helped India put a massive total of 385 runs on the board.
While Hardik is known for his finishing ability, Shardul also showed that he is no less with some attacking shots. Ravi Shastri saw both beautiful shots played at the end of the innings and asked Hardik a cheeky question, only to get an even bolder answer.
When Shastri asked who got the advice to whom, Hardik chuckled and replied, “Luckily I was happy that Shardul has faith in me and let me dictate the terms inside. But he always has his point and I always try to listen but at the at the end of the day, because of his trust in me, he does exactly what I want. So in our collaboration it was combined, but I am grateful to Shardul for listening to me.”
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Shardul, a bowler first and foremost, has increased his stock as a batsman. The third ODI against New Zealand was another example of the kind of damage he can do with the bat in the batting order.
Shardul was also praised by India captain Rohit Sharma after the match.
“We bowled pretty well, stuck to our plans and kept our nerves. Shardul has been doing it for a while. Teammates call him a magician and he came and performed again. He just needs to get more games under his belt,” Rohit said during the presentation after the game.
As for the match, India secured a 90-run victory to beat New Zealand 3-0 in the 3-match ODI series.
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