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Manjrekar’s massive praise for Shardul, Sundar – ‘It was almost as if Kohli and Tendulkar were batting together’

India vs Australia: Two cricketers, who entered the gritty 122-run partnership for the seventh Indian wicket have received praise from all corners, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Tom Moody and many more.

Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur’s back-to-back efforts that keep India alive in the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane, have made the cricket country speak. Two cricketers, who entered the gritty 12-run partnership for India’s seventh wicket have received praise from all corners, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Tom Moody and many more.

However, the biggest compliments they could get did not come from the former Indian footballer and current commentator and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who was shocked by their beating which he said seemed like watching Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar strike together.

Manjrekar said during a tea break on Day 4 that some of the shots they played, it was as if Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar were shooting together, and in fact, these are batsmen numbers 7 and 8. That was great, he said this when Thakur’s relationship with Sundar had reached 67 runs.

That Sundar and Thakur can beat is not new. Sundar actually started his career as an opening batsman and that was in the Under-19 circuit and played that role at the U-19 World Cup back in the year  2016 where India finished second. Thakur, on the other hand, has played a few useful cameos in India, which is why Manjrekar explained that it is not surprising to see two strikers beating the way they do. However, the panache they hit was something that any top batsman would be proud of.

Manjrekar’s massive praise for Shardul, Sundar - 'It was almost as if Kohli and Tendulkar were batting together’
Manjrekar’s massive praise for Shardul, Sundar – ‘It was almost as if Kohli and Tendulkar were batting together’

“It should not surprise those who have been watching them for a while. Washington Sundar, we have seen his striking ability in the IPL and in other T20 games. He has been a respected First-Class batsman. He started his career as an under-19 striker, ”Manjrekar emphasized.

“Shardul Thakur has this unique ability to strike that we have seen in many small but critical moments. Once India faced the West Indies then I thought it was one of the Playoff games with Faf du Plessis. You have good eye contact but today it is technically and very good. ”

Sundar hit seven fours and one six, including a foul on players such as Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, and Thakur started with six. The 29-year-old, who is only playing his second Test, came to his 50th with a big thumbs up from Nathan Lyon which left everyone in the Indian dressing room confused. He hit the driving cover and a two-story square cut the Starc first behind the tea and smashed the jawbone that had fallen to the back. Sundar, on the other hand, made it look easy to joke when he swept Lyon with a six-part ‘non-appearance’.

Manjrekar explained that some of the games that he has played, Washington Sundar, the balance he has… and the advantage you have if you are Shardul Thakur or Washington Sundar that when you arrive you have no baggage.

Manjrekar said that if you come there, you have never played this kind of bowling in Australia. You have never had to be fired in the past in this series to cover up the way you beat. So they come out with a clean mind. He said that if we think of the boy’s talent, the way he pointed and hit. He didn’t look like a temporary off-spinner. He has got three wickets and three qualifying wickets so when he looks at players like Sundar he is just amazed at the talent he has. Beat, throw them all in one package.

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