Shardul Thakur says- tried to keep Australia batsmen off cuts and pulls

For two of the three ODIs in the series, Shardul Thakur watched from the sidelines as the Indian team conceded 374 and 389 on unfavourable strips in Sydney. He walked into the side for the inconsequential third fixture – in Canberra – and put a certain observation to good use, finishing with appreciable figures of 3 for 51 as India defended 302 to avoid a clean sweep.
Australia players have played their pulls and cut shots a lot, said Thakur after the post-match press conference on Wednesday (December 2). “I just tried to keep them off those shots and make them play in straighter lines. It worked for me,” he added.
David Warner’s absence at the top was a big miss for the home side, but the biggest thorn in India’s flesh was still going to be Steve Smith, who had a hat-trick of centuries in sight. He was called into action early after Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne punt at the top of the order lasted only until the sixth over.
India’s plan to add to Australia’s pressures of missing Warner in the chase was further enhanced by Thakur, when he ended Smith’s aspirations of another 100, well short of it. After having batted an aggregate of 130 deliveries for his 209 runs in the first two games, he managed just 14 in the third before he nicked an innocuous leg side ball to KL Rahul behind the stump to fall for seven.

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