Not just cricket fans, even the man-of-match award winner from the Oval Test, opener Rohit Sharma feels that Shardul Thakur should’ve been named alongside him for his all-round performance which gave India a 2-1 lead in the series.
Thakur thumped half centuries in both the innings of the Test and also took two wickets, including one of England skipper Joe Root which cut all escape routes for the home team.
"I thought Shardul's was a match-winning effort. To be honest, he deserved the Man of the Match as well for the performance he put. A crucial breakthrough for the team when England were 100 without loss, getting that crucial breakthrough was very important and then getting the wicket of Joe Root as well, he came in and got the wicket," Rohit Sharma said.
"How can we forget his batting, to come in and score 50 off just 31 balls in the first innings says a lot, he loves his batting and he has worked hard on it, I have seen him over the years.
"He wants to prove a point that he can bat and can give us momentum-changing innings as well. Yes, I got the Man of the Match, but I really feel he should have been part of that as well," he added.
The final Test would be held at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 10.