There was an element of surprise when India decided to go in with all-rounder Shardul Thakur ahead of fast bowler Umran Malik in the first one-dayer against New Zealand in Hyderabad. The latter had done pretty well in the recent matches that he had played until he was rested.
Mohamed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur will be flying to Australia to join the Indian contingent for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be played from October 16 to November 13. It is yet to be officially learned which of these players will be joining the main squad.
Indian pacer Shardul Thakur may have claimed his best Test bowling figures of 7 for 61 on Day 2 of the Johannesburg Test against South Africa. However, Thakur feels that his best is yet to come. The 30-year-old was the wrecker-in-chief as India restricted the Proteas to 229. His heroics ensured that South Africa’s first-innings lead was restricted to 27. India ended Day 2 on 85 for 2, having gained a lead of 58 runs.
Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur has stated that he has a lot of confidence and self-belief, which is one of the reasons he has been able to deliver under tough circumstances in a short international career. Thakur is part of the playing XI for the 1st Test against South Africa in Centurion. He scored a crucial half-century during the Gabba Test against Australia at the start of the year. Thakur also contributed fifties in both innings of The Oval Test apart from picking up crucial wickets.
Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur was the surprise top-scorer for the team on Day 1 of The Oval Test. Sent into bat after losing the toss, India had crumbled to 127 for 7. However, a feisty 57 of 36 balls from Thakur lifted India to 191. Thakur slammed seven fours and three sixes in his innings. He reached his fifty off 31 balls, going past Ian Botham's record to register the fastest Test fifty on English soil.
Team India captain Virat Kohli made it clear that India wouldn’t look at batting ability while deciding Shardul Thakur’s replacement for the second Test at Lord’s. Kohli said that claiming 20 wickets is more important and they will go with that option for Thakur’s replacement. The Mumbai pacer is said to be suffering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to take part in the Lord’s Test. He was impressive in Nottingham, with four wickets in the match. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or pacers Ishant Sharma/ Umesh Yadav could replace Thakur for the Lord’s Test.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.