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Shardul Thakur reveals his simple and small mantra of success after 7-wicket haul against SA

Shardul Thakur picked seven wickets as South Africa was bundled out for 229 in the first innings of the second Test on Tuesday (January 4).

“When I enter the ground, everything is about confidence and self belief for me. I go in with full confidence as there is no second major, so I think it’s a simple and a small mantra for my success in recent days and I would like to continue this form whenever I play.

“I always play to win, even when I look at the other players, I like those who love to win the game for the team,” said Shardul in a video posted on BCCI TV.

“I was just trying to pitch the ball in the right spot, looking at my bowling and there was a natural help from the pitch so, tried a little bit of swing here and there and rest I think is God’s will and I am very happy about it,” he added.

On being asked by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey about the origin of the term ‘Lord Shardul’, the all-rounder said that it might have started while playing in a home series against England.

“Seriously, I don’t know when did that happen, who started naming me lord. But I am sure it started in the series against England.

“It was a home series after we returned from Australia just before the IPL, that was the series where I got a lot of wickets, mostly two consecutive wickets in an over, so I Think from there the name arrived,” the all-rounder told Paras Mhambrey.

At Stumps on Day Two, India’s scorecard reads 85/2 with Pujara (35 not out) and Rahane (11 not out) on the crease. Just like Day One, 11 wickets fell on the second day as Shardul Thakur dominated the proceedings on Tuesday.

India in the second innings got off to a bad start as stand-in skipper KL Rahul was dismissed in the seventh over.

India’s problem further increased when Mayank Agarwal offered no shot and was given LBW out in the 12th over. Pujara and Rahane then made sure that India doesn’t suffer any more hiccups as the visitors ended the day at 85/2 with a lead of 58 runs.

“My performance in domestic cricket with red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket has been rewarded. Whenever given an opportunity to play for India, I am always up for it and especially in Test cricket as it is the purest form of the game,” said Shardul in the press conference after the end of the day’s play.

“Whenever I am playing red-ball cricket my energy is same and I m willing to take wickets for the team,” he added.

Shardul Thakur also recalled the impact his childhood coach Dinesh Lad has had on the all-rounder.

“Yes obviously he (Dinesh) has had a lot of impact on my cricketing career, he is a second parent to me. He provided me with the exposure, offered me an admission in a school in Borivali and since then my life has changed,” said Shardul.

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