It has been almost 4 years since Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket. However, one man brought back all the memories on Thursday evening. When Shardul Thakur on his ODI debut took the new ball and started running towards the batsman, almost everyone was on the edge of their seats. Reason? The number on Shardul’s back read 10. Yes, the same number that was donned by legendary Sachin Tendulkar for many years. People started reacting on various social media platforms immediately asking how did a debutant get that jersey!
After the match, Shardul himself came out and revealed the reason. While talking to media Shardul said the total of his birth date is 10 and that is why he chose the number 10 jersey. The fast bowler from Mumbai was born on 16th October 1991. If you add these digits (16+10+1991) the total comes out to be 10. Interestingly, Shardul also comes from Mumbai and the initials of his name ‘ST’ are same as of Sachin Tendulkar’s.
Shardul opened the bowling for India in the 4th ODI in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence and was very impressive. He picked his maiden ODI wicket by dismissing Niroshan Dickwella in his 2nd over. Shardul finished with the figures of 27/1 from 7 overs as India extended the lead to 4-0.
The Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga was full of praises for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma after the match. “Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma played really well. We didn’t consistently bowl a good line and length. I think on this kind of wicket our length is very crucial and we have to concentrate more on that. The first 30-40 runs Virat got very quickly,” Malinga said at the post-match press conference. Kohli (131 runs off 96 balls) and Rohit (104 off 88) made merry on a batting beauty to guide India to 375 for five, the highest total posted by a visiting team in an ODI in Sri Lanka.