India’s maiden win towards Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane was a results of the gamers pulling collectively and displaying that they, as an entire, have been higher than the sum of their components. It was a necessity as a result of the workforce had a lot of key gamers lacking by means of accidents and the enjoying XI for the ultimate Take a look at sported a makeshift look. One of many heroes of that match was pacer Shardul Thakur, who performed a useful knock with the bat whereas additionally carrying his load with the ball as India went on to script historical past and notch up again to again collection wins over Australia.
The pacer described how the temper was when he returned again to his hometown of Palghar, with everybody desirous to have fun the collection win as quickly as he had arrived.
“It was a loopy feeling. There have been lots of people who needed to have fun. I used to be sitting within the automobile and folks needed to take me round Palghar however I instructed them ‘let’s keep low profile at this level of time’ as a result of we additionally must maintain our well being by sustaining social distancing,” Shardul instructed India Immediately.
“I couldn’t say no to everybody so I did meet up with just a few folks. As quickly I entered my space, these guys have been ready with firecrackers and garlands, desserts and all to have fun at residence.”
The Australia tour was the fruits of an extended six months away from residence for the Indian gamers, nearly all of whom had been in bio-secure bubbles since August forward of the 2020 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Earlier than that, gamers had been unable to get out and practice because of the nationwide lockdown and have been confined inside their homes. Nonetheless, Shardul stated that he was glad to be again residence and see his mother and father once more after such an extended time frame.
“Coming again residence after 5 months, to see my mother and father, is a distinct feeling altogether. I used to be with them in the course of the lockdown for about 5-6 months after which staying away from residence for this lengthy. It was a mix of feelings and pleasure,” Thakur stated.
England will play a 5 match Take a look at collection beginning February 5. This shall be adopted by a 5 match T20 Sequence and a three-match ODI collection. The primary Take a look at begins in Chennai.