DNA – India pacer Shardul Thakur feels it is never easy to come off the bench and perform straight away in high-pressure games, and he too felt the heat in the series-deciding third and final ODI against England here.

Summary

  • India pacer Shardul Thakur feels it is never easy to come off the bench and perform straight away in high-pressure games, and he too felt the heat in the series-deciding third and final ODI against England here.
  • Thakur came in for Siddarth Kaul as India went for a new-look pace attack in the series decider against Leeds on Tuesday, but ended up losing the game by eight wickets, thanks to Joe Roots 13th ODI hundred.
  • India were restricted to 256-8 after being put into bat, and Thakur along with the rest of the bowling attack lacked penetration against Root and Eoin Morgan who put on an unbeaten 186-run partnership for the third wicket.
  • Thakur said that was where India lost the game, while the English batsmen negotiated Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav quite well when faced with a below-par target.
  • In light of Indias loss against the number one ranked ODI side, Thakur said England were favourites for the World Cup next summer.


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