After his snub from the Asia cup squad, Shardul Thakur was not in the playing XI for the first ODI between India and Zimbabwe. However, he returned to the playing XI for the second ODI, where he was introduced into the attack in the eight over of the innings.
Whilst he was expensive during his first few overs, the all-rounder made a stunning comeback later in the innings. Thakur removed Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva and Luke Jongwe, to finish with figures of 3/38.
“You have to look at what the opening bowlers have bowled, whether it's swinging or seaming around. And according to the batsmen, you have to be smart as a bowler to adjust accordingly. Early on, it was a little on the slower side. Later on, there was a bit more so we could bowl more bouncers,” Thakur stated during the mid-innings.
The all-rounder also insisted that he has to keep polishing his skillset in the nets, according to the situation, which will make him a better player.
“What I can improve on is guess where the batsman is going to attack me and bowl accordingly. I think I have good skillsets so I just need to keep polishing those in the nets. Sometimes you just need to hit the deck hard and keep it tight,” he added.