Rediff – ‘They have played well against Australia recently and now against us, so it will be difficult to beat them.
- India pacer Shardul Thakur stated 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 in Leeds, on Tuesday.
- 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 Root’s 13th ODI hundred.
- India were restricted to 256 for eight 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 to guide the hosts to an easy victory, which helped them clinch the ODI series 2-1.
- 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 India’s loss against the number one ranked ODI side, Thakur said England were favourites for the World Cup next summer.