Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur was the surprise top-scorer for the team on Day 1 of The Oval Test. Sent into bat after losing the toss, India had crumbled to 127 for 7. However, a feisty 57 of 36 balls from Thakur lifted India to 191. Thakur slammed seven fours and three sixes in his innings. He reached his fifty off 31 balls, going past Ian Botham's record to register the fastest Test fifty on English soil.
Team India captain Virat Kohli made it clear that India wouldn’t look at batting ability while deciding Shardul Thakur’s replacement for the second Test at Lord’s. Kohli said that claiming 20 wickets is more important and they will go with that option for Thakur’s replacement. The Mumbai pacer is said to be suffering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to take part in the Lord’s Test. He was impressive in Nottingham, with four wickets in the match. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or pacers Ishant Sharma/ Umesh Yadav could replace Thakur for the Lord’s Test.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.