IND vs AUS ODI: The Indian cricket team has displayed excellent performance in the current ODI series against Australia. There is a collective curiosity among both experts and fans regarding the strength of India’s middle-order batting. This curiosity has been amplified by the recent underwhelming performances of Shardul Thakur, who was in exceptional form during the Asia Cup 2023. Mark Waugh’s Statement on Shardul Thakur caught every cricket fan’s attention.
In the ongoing series, Shardul Thakur’s performance in the first ODI was disappointing, as he failed to take any wickets in Mohali and also proved to be quite expensive during his bowling. Moving on to the 2nd ODI, which occurred on Sunday, September 24, in Indore, India set an impressive target of 399 runs after being invited to bat by Australia. However, rain interruptions led to the visitors having to chase 317 runs in 33 overs as per the DLS method. This situation allowed Prasidh Krishna to capitalize on early swing in the Australian innings. This signified that the pacemaker secured two wickets in rapid succession, placing Australia in a disadvantageous position. At a certain point, the visiting team found themselves struggling at 9/2 on the scoreboard.
Under these circumstances, any team would desire their bowlers to sustain the pressure and compel the opposition to commit more errors, resulting in the loss of wickets at a lower cost. However, this scenario did not unfold when Shardul Thakur took the ball for Team India. Once again, he struggled to maintain the pressure on the top-order Australian batsmen during the second ODI of the series. This prompted the renowned Australian cricket figure, Mark Waugh, to criticize the all-rounder, labeling him as a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer. Mark Waugh Stated, “Shardul Thakur is a bits and pieces cricketer”