Shardul Thakur's 3/38 in seven overs set up the Men in Blue's victory over Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International (ODI) on Saturday at Harare Sports Club. However, Thakur said it was a team effort that led to the win. He particularly credited Mohammed Siraj's performance.
Zimbabwe was bowled out for under 200 runs for the second time in a row earlier in the game. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Deepak Hooda each managed to take one wicket in the absence of Deepak Chahar, who was replaced in the playing 11 by Thakur.
Shardul was the most successful bowler on Saturday, taking three wickets, dismissing Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva, and the dangerous Sean Williams in seven overs to finish with figures of 3-38.
Following the game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video of Siraj interviewing Thakur on social media, where the latter can be seen praising the former.
“Lord, you didn't play in the first match, so what was your plan for the second game?” Siraj asked Thakur.
Thakur responded to the question by describing how he first took cues from Siraj by carefully observing his line and lengths.
“Before I came in first change, I noticed the line and length you bowled and tried to execute the same. I just tried to figure out the difficulties for batters. I tried to keep things simple, nothing else," Thakur said.
Siraj then asked Thakur how he always managed to provide breakthroughs every time he came to bowl.
“I am always looking for wickets, and god is also kind that I am picking up wickets. If I take wickets, it will obviously be beneficial for the team, Thakur answered.”