India vs New Zealand: Shardul Thakur says learnings from ODI series will help him win T20 World Cup for team

Shardul gave away plenty of runs in the recent ODIs against the Black Caps and faced criticism for his wayward bowling, but has now set his eyes on the showpiece in Australia later this year

Press Trust of India, Feb 17, 2020 16:41:52 IST

Mumbai: Leaving the hammering in New Zealand behind, pacer Shardul Thakur on Monday exuded plenty of confidence, asserting that he will learn from his "mistakes" and passionately work towards helping India win the World T20.

Shardul gave away plenty of runs in the recent ODIs against the Black Caps and faced criticism for his wayward bowling. He now has his eyes set on the showpiece in Australia later this year.

India vs New Zealand: Shardul Thakur says learnings from ODI series will help him win T20 World Cup for team

File photo Shardul Thakur. AP

"Certainly I have my eyes on the World Cup. The positivity that I bring into the game and the amount of confidence I have, the way I am passionate about the game will help the team to win the World Cup or at least do the job fairly," he told reporters.

Shardul, who has 21 wickets from 15 T20Is, said playing in the IPL is important and he will look to take forward the momentum he gains in the cash-rich league, starting in March end.

"Definitely, the IPL is important and the momentum we gain from the IPL will be crucial going forward. There are the Sri Lanka T20s coming up and we are going to Zimbabwe after IPL. Then we are playing Asia Cup going into T20 World Cup."

"So whatever momentum we gain from IPL will be important and will be crucial going ahead. We just need to carry (it) forward in the tournaments after IPL," Shardul said after being named as the brand ambassador of 'Tata Power'.

In the IPL, Shardul will play for the Chennai Super Kings.

Shardul did not have the best of times in ODIs in New Zealand and he said he would take it as a learning experience.

"I will study my mistakes and consider them as learning experiences. It was only my first trip to New Zealand and as compared to the other players, I have not played as many games for India.

"Currently, I am just into that phase where I am gaining experience and going forward, I will try to produce greater contributions for the team's cause," he added.

Shardul said he always looks to concede fewer runs after an expensive over.

"It is okay to go for runs, not every time you will end up bowling extraordinary. I think that way if I am going to go for 20 runs in this over, then how can I cut it down to 16, 14 or 15 (as) in the end (it) will make a difference of 5-6 runs.

"(If) we are defending (then) in the last over the team will have 16 runs instead of 10 runs. Or if we are bowling first, we will have to score those many fewer runs. That's what I keep telling myself.

"You just have to keep your head high and keep trying and executing things," he said.

Of late, Shardul has won India games with his batting and he reminded that he has done it in the past, too, in school and university level.

"I always believed that I could bat and make useful contributions for the team. Whenever I played for my school, college or domestic team, the role never changes. If I am playing international cricket, my role remains the same."

"Whenever I am batting at 9/8/7, I can get an opportunity, I have to just go out there, read the situation, play accordingly and score as many runs I can," Shardul signed off.

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Updated Date: Feb 17, 2020 16:41:52 IST


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Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
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Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
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2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245