South Africa vs India: My best is yet to come in Tests

Shardul Thakur took seven wickets against South Africa on the second day of the second Test.© AFP

Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur may have registered the best bowling figures by an Indian in Test cricket against South Africa, but the pacer believes his best in the longest format is ‘yet to come’. Shardul Thakur took seven wickets as South Africa were reduced to 229 in the first innings of the second Test on Tuesday. When asked about his performance, Shardul replied, “Yes it is my best figures but my best is always to come, I would say.”

On the second day at stumps, India’s scorecard is 85/2 with Pujara (35*) and Rahane (11*) at the crease. Like the first day, 11 wickets fell on the second day as Shardul Thakur dominated the proceedings on Tuesday.

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

“Whenever I am playing red-ball cricket, I have the same energy and I am ready to take wickets for the team,” he said.

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

“Yes, obviously he (Dinesh) has had a huge impact on my cricket career, he is my second parent. He gave me exposure, offered me admission in a school in Borivali and since then my life has changed. It is,” Shardul said.

India had a poor start in the second innings as caretaker captain KL Rahul was dismissed in the seventh over. India’s trouble increased when Mayank Agarwal did not give any shot and he was dismissed lbw in the 12th over.

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Pujara (35*) and Rahane (11) then ensured that India did not face any further trouble as the visitors ended the day on 85/2 with a 58-run lead.

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