MS Dhoni’s batting tip to Shardul Thakur

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IPL 2021: The rise of Shardul Thakur 'the batsman', check how a tip from talisman MS Dhoni changed his batting
IPL 2021: The rise of Shardul Thakur ‘the batsman’, check how a tip from talisman MS Dhoni changed his batting

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s batting tip to Shardul Thakur: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) allrounder- Shardul Thakur is in UAE for the second leg of IPL 2021. As the bowler turned all-rounder has hogged the limelight following his gutsy batting stint in the Test series against England overseas, Thakur credits his batting success to MS Dhoni. Recently, in an interview with The Indian Express, Thakur opened up on the pro batting technique that CSK skipper MS Dhoni once gave him. The right-handed batsman reckoned that Dhoni suggestion regarding my batting grip immensely helped me in escalating my performance.

Once Mahi bhai [Dhoni] told me in his room when I was holding his bat, that my batting grip was too high, that I need to hold it a bit below so that I can get better control over my shots. Now I hold my bat, bit lower, it helps me in playing my shots,” Thakur told The Indian Express on the advice he received from Dhoni in IPL.

IPL 2021: The 29-year old was in sublime form with the bat during the red ball series against the Three Lions. He smashed two crucial fifties during the fourth Test at Oval and anchored India to a huge win. Just after he lent important hands towards India’s win, memes circulated in huge numbers hailing the Mumbai batsman as #LordThakur.

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IPL 2021: Thakur aims high, doesn’t want to be satisfied 

In all humbleness, Thakur cherished the landmark but sideways doesn’t want to be satisfied with the achievement as he has a long way to go.

Somewhere, I feel I haven’t achieved anything yet, I don’t want to be satisfied. I have seen days where the same social media has cursed my presence in the team. Now I am enjoying these memes. It shows how much love I am getting from all quarters.

I don’t mind such names. But I want people to remember me as the guy who created an impact in the game and won the game. That’s what matters to me down the line.

IPL 2021: The Indian player also mentioned the huge support that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have vested in him. The two have shown utmost batting trust in his batting abilities.

They have kept on motivating me, saying whenever I bat, I should think the way batsmen think. That I have that ability.

Shardul Thakur’s character as a solid batsman surfaced when he smashed a lion-hearted 67 run knock after India’s top six were dismissed for 186 at the Gabba. His crucial stand alongside Washington Sundar was instrumental in handing India a win over Australia by three wickets and clinch the series.

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s batting tip to Shardul Thakur

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