India pacer Shardul Thakur faced the heat on social space after he conceded 87 runs in 9.1 overs and picked up a wicket against New Zealand in third ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. Thakur has mot been in the best of forms as he has given away 217 runs in the recently concluded three-match ODI series which India lost 3-0.
Defending 297, the 28-year-old was given the responsibility to bowl the penultimate over. He was taken to the cleaners by the NZ batsman who scored 20 of the over and that put the hosts in the driver’s seat.
In the first ODI, he conceded 80 of nine overs and picked a wicket and in the second, he went for 60 runs in his 10 overs and picked two wickets. In his last six ODIs, he has conceded runs at an economy of 7.58 in 51 overs.
After the match, Thakur bore the brunt of fans on social space. Netizens hilariously compared the right-arm pacer to Ashoke Dinda.
Meanwhile, this was the third time in history that India have suffered a whitewash in a series of three or more ODIs.
The first time they had failed to win a single ODI in a bilateral series was against West Indies in 1983/4 at home. The five-match series ended in the favour of Clive Lloyd-led West Indies against the then world champion India who had beaten them in a thrilling finale at Lord’s earlier in 1983.
Five years later, West Indies produced a repeat of their dominating show, this time as hosts, beating India 5-0 in 1988.