Shardul Thakur focuses on ploy to ‘mix it up’
One big positive of Shardul Thakur is, even if he gets hit in an over or two, he’s still quite capable of bouncing back and giving his team a vital breakthrough.
On Monday, the pacer all-rounder conceded 36 off his four overs but went on to finish with four wickets as well. That turned out to be critical in Delhi Capitals’ 17-run win over Punjab Kings.
Speaking of his career-best IPL figures, Shardul credits his success to his ability to mix up deliveries which, he believes, played a crucial role in Delhi’s much-needed win over Punjab, particularly as they weren’t defending a big total.
“There was a difference in both the side boundaries. Also, there was dew and it was humid, so I felt they (Punjab batsmen) could hit a six on the bigger side of the boundary. So the better idea was to mix up deliveries and confuse the batsmen,” Shardul said at the post-match news conference.
“Along with the knuckle ball, I looked to use an off-cutter for a left-hander, then seam-up followed by a slow bouncer or bouncer and use the good length,” Shardul added.