Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (Picture by Hannah Peters/Getty Pictures)

India and South Africa will conflict towards one another within the second ODI match at JSCA Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday (October 9). South Africa gained the primary match in Lucknow to take an important 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence. Now Ranchi, the hometown of former Indian captain and iconic participant MS Dhoni, will host the must-win recreation for India.

Shardul Thakur was requested about Dhoni within the pre-match press convention on Saturday and the in-form pacer revealed that everybody misses the previous wicketkeeper batter and likewise talked concerning the latter’s expertise forward of the second ODI match. 

“All people misses him as a result of his expertise issues so much. He has performed greater than 300 ODIs, near 90 Exams and he performed plenty of T20Is as properly. So this much-experienced participant, it’s uncommon that you simply come throughout such an skilled participant. We miss him undoubtedly,” stated Shardul.

India have by no means performed a one-sided recreation; the battle is at all times there: Shardul Thakur

Indian bowlers have struggled within the latest white-ball video games and the primary ODI match was no enchancment in any respect. South Africa simply managed to place in an enormous 249-run whole in simply 40 overs whereas batting first as Indian bowlers managed to take solely 4 wickets.

Shardul managed to take two massive wickets and conceded solely 35 runs in his eight-over spell. However the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Avesh Khan struggled for wickets and proved expensive. South Africa additionally scored 200-plus totals within the final two T20I matches on this sequence to pour extra criticism towards the Indian bowlers. However Shardul has identified that opponent bowlers are additionally conceding massive runs and India by no means performed a one-sided recreation.

“The bowlers who’re coming to play listed below are additionally being hit for runs. Should you take a look at the T20I sequence towards South Africa and also you criticise our bowlers, then you need to criticise their bowlers as properly as a result of we gained the sequence. Their bowlers have been scored off as properly. Whenever you ask about somebody’s consistency, one ought to see the pitch situations.”

“Typically we play ODIs, the place greater than 350 runs are scored. In that case, each bowler will probably be taken for runs. India have by no means performed a one-sided recreation; the battle is at all times there. There may be at all times battle and the matches have been actually good. We’ve misplaced 1-2 odd matches however we’ve gained the utmost variety of video games so consistency is there throughout the group,” Shardul added.