India vs Australia: Brisbane Test changed after Marcus Harris wicket in 2nd innings, says Shardul Thakur

India vs Australia: Brisbane Test changed after Marcus Harris wicket in 2nd innings, says Shardul Thakur

India fast bowler Shardul Thakur opened up on the team’s memorable victory in the Brisbane Test which enabled them to clinch the series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia last week.

Shardul played a key role in the 3-wicket win as India became the first team after the West Indies to beat Australia at the Gabba in 32 years.

Shardul, playing in his 2nd Test, scored 67 crucial runs in the first innings to lead India’s recovery and then bagged 7 wickets in the match, including 4 in the 2nd innings, to script the team’s first-ever Test win in Brisbane.

The Palghar-based cricketer, who had bowled just 1.4 overs in his debut Test in 208, opened up on the historic triumph, talking about the game-changing moments which titled the scales in India’s favour in Brisbane.

“We were expecting them to come hard at us and they did sp.They got a really good start. The day ended with six overs and next day we came in fresh. Even then they started hitting, so their plan was clear — to score runs quickly and set up big target.

“But at that point of time as bowler I felt that if I take a wicket here, may be, the new batsman would not score at the same rate. The whole idea was to get that one ball and get anyone of them out. If I remember my spell I had bowled many good length deliveries to Marcus Harris, may be I thought it’s time to bowl him a bouncer.

“I tried and ge got out. After that our bowlers got hopeful, they got energetic and excited and the game started changing a bit again,” Thakur said on Sports Today.

India won the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane after the crushing defeat in the opening Pink-ball game in Adelaide to retain the trophy for the second time in succession in Australia. They had clinched the series with the same scoreline under Virat Kohli in 2018-19.

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