Shardul Thakur is enjoying his time in England. The right-handed batsman scored his second consecutive fifty of the ongoing fourth Test between England and India at the Oval.
He stitched a 100-run partnership with Rishabh Pant to take India to a strong position against the hosts. As Thakur reached his fifty, his teammates applauded his knock. He was even praised by fans on social media.
He is the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Wriddhiman Saha to score fifty in each innings of a Test match in England while batting at No.8.
In the end, it was spin that did the trick, Joe Root finding Thakur’s edge with his part-timers before Pant was caught and bowled by Moeen.
Even then, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah played freely as they topped the total up by another 31 before the break.