Opening batsman Rohit Sharma feels that Shardul Thakur should also have been named Man of the Match alongside him for the performances the all-rounder gave during the Oval Test against England. The Virat Kohli-led side marched to an emphatic 157-run win over England to take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series. Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah and all-round performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors in defeating England by 157 runs to gain a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
This was also India’s first win in Oval in 50 years. “Very happy. Especially, when you are visiting any of these countries and you know that you are 2-1 up, you will take that any day,” Rohit Sharma, who scored an invaluable 127 in India’s second innings, told.
“It shows the effort that we have put so far in the series and this is not the end, we know there is one more match to go at Manchester,” he said.
“Hopefully, all of us, not just the batting and bowling unit, the entire group can put their foot down and just work towards the goal that we want to achieve as a team, I think we can pull this off. We have done some amazing things on this tour, I still believe we can finish on a high but of course, we need to do things in the manner we have done so far,” he added.
In the fourth Test, Shardul scored the fifties in both innings and he also went on to take two crucial wickets, including that of Joe Root in the second innings which led to England’s collapse and Team India’s win.