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Johannesburg: Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur is pleased to receive praise from legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar after he clinched 7 wickets against South Africa in the second Test to help his team gain momentum again.
Tendulkar had written, "Congratulations to @imShard on picking up 7 wickets with his steady bowling and variations. Good support by the others."
Here is What Shardul said:
On being asked by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey about how he felt after reading the tweet, Shardul said that the praises from Sachin are always a 'morale booster' for him.
"It's my pleasure that the God himself has tweeted about me. Being a Mumbaikar, I have played a few games with him. He has always supported me as a youngster and it's always good to hear from him, it is a morale booster," Shardul told Paras Mhambrey.
Who else praise Shardul for his performance
Apart from Sachin, former India batter VVS Laxman also congratulated Shardul for his 'lion-hearted display'.
"Lion-hearted display by Shardul Thakur. Best figures by an Indian against South Africa thoroughly deserved his seven wickets for persistence and intelligence. Has single-handedly brought India back into the second Test. Over to the batters now. #SAvIND" tweeted Laxman.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan also wrote, "Fantastic from shardul, Impressive bowling with an older ball!"
India's score in the Second Test:
At Stumps on Day Two, India's scorecard reads 85/2 with Pujara (35*) and Rahane (11*) on the crease. Just like Day One, 11 wickets fell on the second day as Shardul Thakur dominated the proceedings on Tuesday.
India in the second innings got off to a bad start as stand-in skipper KL Rahul was dismissed in the seventh over. India's problem further increased when Mayank Agarwal offered no shot and was given LBW out in the 12th over.
Pujara (35*) and Rahane (11) then made sure that India doesn't suffer any more hiccups as the visitors ended the day at 85/2 with a lead of 58 runs.