India fast bowler Shardul Thakur, who took the crucial wicket of Joe Root on Day One of the Tret Bridge Test says that he enjoyed bowling with the Dukes' ball and is also enjoying the English conditions.
The pacer finished with figures of 2 for 41, playing a perfect support role to Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who finished with seven wickets between them. "At one point, we didn't think we'd get them all out but the climate was playing funny. The sun was out for a while and it was cloudy for a while, I was really happy we got ten wickets," Thakur said at the end of the first day's play.
"Bairstow was going well, he was poised to score a fifty so getting him out at that period was crucial. As soon as we got him, wickets started tumbling," he added.
Speaking of dismissing Root, Thakur said, "To get him out in the 60s or 90s or early, is always a good wicket to have. If we look at the pitch, it didn't feel like it will turn a lot as the game goes on, so we thought it was better to go in with four-seamers."
"I am enjoying the Dukes' ball and English conditions. It's swinging nicely for us, I hope it continues," he added.
India will look to take a slender lead by the end of Day Two. They still trail England by 162 runs with all their 10 wickets still intact.