Indian fast bowler Shardul Thakur stated that he planned to bowl wicket to wicket against England on Day 1 of the first Test and it worked out well for him. The Indian fast bowler took the most important wicket of Joe Root and helped India trigger a collapse from thereon.
Indian bowlers were brilliant on the first day of the first Test at Trent Bridge as the Men in Blue bundled out England for just 183 runs in 65.4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers, picking 4 for 46 in 20.4 overs, while Mohammed Shami finished with figures of 3 for 28 in 17 overs. Shardul Thakur took two wickets, while Siraj took one.
“The last tour, when we came to England, I was a part of the squad but I did not get to play. Here I have been picked in the first Test, I have not played many Tests but I am just trying to go on with how much knowledge I have. I did not think much, I bowled the ball wicket-to-wicket, and I was aware that if Root tries to play the ball on the legside, he can get caught plumb in front and that is what happened,” Shardul told teammate Mohammed Shami in a video posted on bcci.tv.
In the video, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur also explained how both of them explained to Virat Kohli to take the review to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.
“I kept it simple, it is the first match of the series so it is important to set a tone for your team. All the bowlers were backing each other, it is important that you bowl the right line and length at the beginning of a spell. Jonny Bairstow has been dismissed by me many times while bowling in-swinger. I was sure that the ball would be hitting the wickets when I bowled in-swinger and hence we took the review,” said Shami.
For Jonny Bairstow’s wicket, Shami trapped Bairstow in front during but the on-field umpire declared it not out. Convinced that he had him, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami insisted skipper Virat Kohli go for the review as they were sure the ball would hit the stumps. Kohli was still doubtful of taking a review as he, along with the others teammates, was unsure whether it was out or not. Upon Thakur and Shami’s persuasion, he took the review at the very last moment.
Shardul said: “Shami told Virat Bhai that the ball would be hitting the stumps, but there was confusion. Everyone was telling Virat Bhai to not take the review, I was sure that the ball had not hit the bat, rather it hit the pads. Virat bhai just wanted that there should be at least two players who are wanting to go for a review. I and Shami bhai said we are sure and then he went on for a review. From there, we got the wicket and the collapse was triggered.”
After bowling out England for 183, which is their second-lowest in the first innings of a home Test series since 1950, India trails by 162 runs and is currently 21 for no loss at the end of the first day’s play.