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Even 450 could be chased: Shardul Thakur hopeful of document chase from India in WTC ultimate vs Australia

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By India Today Sports Desk: India all-rounder Shardul Thakur has stated that even 450 runs could be chased down within the ultimate of the World Test Championship. Australia are presently main India by 296 runs on the finish of Day 3 within the WTC Final on the Kennington Oval.

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Speaking on the press convention after Day 3, Shardul stated even 450 runs could be chased down on the again of 1 good partnership. Shardul scored a half-century to assist India put up 296 runs of their first innings within the WTC Final.

“Well, cricket is a funny game. You can never say what is the right total and this one-off game, especially ICC finals, you never know, I mean, who can handle the pressure better out there, one good partnership when you can even chase down 450 or maybe more than that,” stated Shardul.

He went on to say that final 12 months England chased down a goal near 400 runs in opposition to India of their one-off Test in Birmingham. England chased down a 378-run goal in opposition to India to degree the five-match sequence 2-2 in June final 12 months.

“Last year England chased 400 here and they did not lose too many wickets. So that’s a positive sign for us. Whatever they put up on the board, it’s too early to make any predictions. We see a lot of times in Test cricket that game changes within an hour. So yes, we like to be optimistic tomorrow going on the field. And yeah, we’ll take it on from there,” Shardul added.

Speaking about his partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, Shardul stated they needed to take up the stress and stored speaking to one another all through their 109-run stand for the seventh wicket on Day 3.

“We didn’t decide anything. There was no situation to decide anything. We just had to absorb the pressure. We were talking to each other a lot,” stated Shardul.

Meanwhile, Australia pacer Mitchell Starc stated they are going to proceed batting on Day 4, including that hopefully the pitch can play just a few methods within the fourth innings.

“I haven’t spoken to Pete (Pat Cummins) yet, so I don’t know. It’s not my decision. I’ll keep batting for now. I’ve still got two days to play. The weather’s been good. I think it’s warmer tomorrow. Hopefully the pitch starts playing a few more tricks but as far as I know it, we’re still batting tomorrow,” stated Starc.

India will likely be aiming to get their palms on an ICC trophy for the primary time in virtually a decade by defeating Australia within the WTC Final in London.