Shardul Thakur takes twitter by storm with 2nd fastest 50 by an Indian
India looked down and out in the 4th test at 127/7. However, after Pant’s dismissal, Shardul Thakur unleashed a spectacular innings of 57 in 36 balls to lead a great fightback for India. He scored at a 158 strike rate and batted with 86%control He added 63 with Umesh Yadav and those are priceless runs for India as it turned out towards the end of day 1 as England stumbled to 53/3 with Root gone for 21.
Shardul’s innings was studded with 7 fours and 3 sixes. It was full of belligerent hitting and quality strokes with no slogging. His shots included lofted shots down the ground, straight drives, off drives, hits over mid-wicket and a couple of great pull shots. He completed his 50 with a great pull for a 6 off 31 balls and surpassed Virender Sehwag’s fastest 50 against England off 32 balls in Chennai 2008 when Viru scored 87 in a 4th innings winning cause.
Kapil Dev still holds the fastest 50 for India in test cricket , off 30 balls vs Pakistan in 1982 .
Whether this innings of Shardul help India in winning at the Oval after 50 years or not remains to be seen but this innings has made Twitter gone crazy. Nicknamed ” Beefy” in the team circles ( probably by Shastri) after England great Ian Botham, Shardul has indeed played a Botham like innings to take Twitter by storm. Shardul Thakur takes twitter by storm with 2nd fastest 50 by an Indian.
Let’s have have a look at some of the Twitter reactions by the fans including some Shardul shots