Shardul and Shami open in the final for heroism against New Zealand
Hamilton: Team India they did two in a row while they hit New Zealand in the Super Over after the fourth T20I match ended in a draw at Sky Stadium on Friday. Was pacer Shardul Thakur who made a Mohammed Shami as India managed to tie the game.
With seven left until last time, Shardul chose two wickets and there were two outs when the Kiwis lost the plot completely to take the game to another Super Over.
Speaking in Chahal TV, Shami and Shardul Thakur revealed what was going on in their heads as they prepared to defend nine runs (in the previous match) and seven runs respectively.
I was planning to launch good New Yorkers. I tried the first ball, it escaped my hand, and it was for a six. I had nothing to lose after. I was thinking about how to get balls of points. I thought we had already lost, let's try to throw some gorillas. After Williamson came out, I thought the short ball would be enough. With the scores tied, I only had one option on the last ball, get a ball of points. So, I went with a yorker delivery and it was worth it, Shami said.
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Shardul, who was named the man of the game for his final on Friday, opened up to the pressures of throwing the final and his knuckle ball, which gave him a wicket in the final.
On the other hand, Shardul, who was declared 'Man of the Party', said: There was a lot of pressure. I was trying to get a wicket on the first ball. Mainly, a batter tries to go four or six on the first ball to try to finish the game as soon as possible. My idea was to give a slow ball so that they had a great blow. The plan worked. When I was hit by a four on the second ball, then the pressure increased.
But in crisis situations, you can be hit by a six or a four, so I didn't lose hope. We saw how Shami Bhai was hit by a six on the first ball, but then defended 3 runs on 5 balls. Why can't the same happen here? It can happen again, he added.