3rd ODI: Deliberate To Make Australia Play In Straight Lines Against Me, Reveals India Pacer Shardul Thakur

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After registering a 13-run win over Australia in the third and last ODI, India pacer Shardul Thakur on Wednesday said that he came up with a plan to make the Australian batsmen play in straight lines against him. This used to be the first match for Shardul in this ODI series against Australia, and the pacer did not disappoint as he went on to scalp three wickets, including the the most important breakthrough of Steve Smith. “See, the important part used to be to stick to our lengths in this match. Whether you see the series, Australian batsmen have played pull and cut shots somewhat a bit, I just tried to retain them off those shots and I used to be trying to lead them to play in the straighter lines. This plan worked for me,” said Shardul while replying to a query throughout the post-match press convention.

Talking approximately the dismissal of Steve Smith, Shardul said: “See, I feel once in a while that we get fortunate. When we try to implement the plans, we wanted to retain them on the backfoot and win this game, we were planning to bowl at the stumps when Smith used to be batting, I got fortunate that I strangled him down the legside, he’s a top player, it used to be a immense wicket for us. Winning this game to carry the momentum in the T20I series used to be important.”

While India opened their account in the ODI Super League with the win, Australia took the series 2-1. Luck used to be on India’s side, to start with as Kohli won the toss for the first time in the series and determined to bat.

While the top-order failed to fire in unison, the middle-order rose to the challenge and both Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja played match-winning knocks of 92 and 66 respectively to guide India to 302/5. Virat Kohli himself got a few of the runs as he played a knock of 63 runs.

“See, definitely the grounds are big, the pitches have been good to bat on this series, as a bowler, you wish to have to be smart in the case of your bowling plan and where you need the batsman to hit shots. The bottom line is to implement the plans and it is going to definitely help in spite of everything. Warner used to be not playing this game and it used to be an possibility for our bowlers to put Australia on the backfoot. We were taking a look to win this game to carry forward the momentum in the T20I series,” said Shardul.

Shardul isn’t part of the T20I squad, on the other hand, the pacer is just taking a look to profit from the entire opportunities that come his way.

“I think the team used to be selected a while back, It’s not that i am a part of the T20 squad so I never thought approximately it. We are taking a look at this as six-match series (three ODIs and three T20Is). From now on, we will exploit the situations very polite, boys are getting used to the conditions,” said Shardul.

“Selection isn’t in my hands, but whenever I am getting the possibility to play, I try my best to put in a good performance which will help the team to win. I do not think such things as that I am just getting a chance in one match, each and every player eventually wants to win the match,” he added.

T Natarajan who played his first ODI took two wickets and he given the first breakthrough to Kohli’s team.

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Talking approximately Natarajan, Shardul said: “Natarajan is good, he did polite in the IPL, he executed yorkers in the IPL, he came back strongly in this match and this can be a testimony to his character. We need players like these, who can retain coming back, in the white-ball format you will be hit as a bowler, but it all depends on how you’re making a comeback.”

India and Australia will now lock horns in the three-match T20I series, beginning Friday.

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