Shardul Thakur debuted Test in the recent series against West Indies, but he could deliver only 10 balls.
Shardul Thakur is a bowling all-rounder in team India. He played alongside the Test, ODI as well as the T20 squad of India. Apart from the national team, he is a frequent bowler for Mumbai in First-class. In IPL, he played for Kings XI Punjab, Rising Pune Supergiants and presently, with Chennai Super Kings. Thakur played a single Test, five ODIs and 7 T20 International so far, in addition to his 56 First-class matches. In these matches, he took 188 wickets in first-class, 8 wickets in T20I and 6 in ODI format. His best bowling figure is in First-class, taking 6 wickets for 31 runs. In ODI, he took four wickets for 52 runs as his best. Similarly, 4 for 27 is his best bowling tally so far.
Thakur came under an odd scanner after his recent Test debut. In fact, it is not the bowler in question, but the authorities who put him on the Test match. The recent Test match against West Indies was his debut. But the bowler could deliver only 10 deliveries, after which he had a recurrence of a groin strain. He was injured previously in the Asia Cup held in Dubai. His condition exposed a possible dent in National Cricket Academy’s selection process. A BCCI official questioned senior staffs of the Academy how the player could get a clearance certificate despite being injured. It is well known that groin related injuries take longer time to heal, while the player was given the clearance within 10 days of injury complain. The result was clearly visible as Thakur was dismissed from the match just while bowling the second over in his debut match.
Thakur debuted Ranji Tournament for Rajasthan in 2012-13 season.
Born in October 1991, Shardul Thakur had to work hard in his early childhood. He used to travel a long of stretch of 87 kilometers from Palghar to Mumbai, in his early cricketing days carrying kit bags. His father Narendra Thakur owns a business. In his early days, Dinesh Lad coached him. As a young cricketer, he was known for hitting big sixes. Before getting selected to team Mumbai, he had to lose weight considerably. Before a couple of years, Shardul Thaukur faced a severe lash out from fans of Sachin Tendulkar. He used jersey number 10 for a while after Tendulkar’s retirement. However, facing criticism, he changed the number to 54, while BCCI declared Jersey No. 10 as an honor to Sachin Tendulkar.
Thakur’s First-class debut was against Rajasthan in a Jaipur match in November 2012. Although, he could not breakthrough strongly in the first season, in 2012-13 Ranji, he took 27 wickets in only 6 matches, including a 5-wicket haul. In 2013-14 season, he played 10 matches to take 48 total wickets. In 2015-16 season, Thakur helped Mumbai to lift their Ranji title by taking eight wickets in the final match. The bowler debuted IPL in 2014 season for Kings XI Punjab. He won the auction for 20 lakhs rupees. In 2017, he played for Rising Pune Supergiants and in the last 2018 season, he played for Chennai Super Kings.
The young bowler was awarded Player of the Match in a 2018 Nidahas Trophy match.
Thakur is the 218th player to be inducted to team India. His ODI debut was on 31 August 2017 against Sri Lanka. In T20I, he debuted on 21 February 2018 when he was selected to play against South Africa. His Test debut was in the recent Test series against West Indies. Earlier in 2016, Thakur was named in the 16-man Test team heading West Indies. However, he did not play a game in the tournament. He was also selected in the team to play a one-off Test match against Afghanistan in June 2018. In 2018 Nidahas Trophy, he played as the winning player finishing with 6 wickets from 5 matches. His career best figure of 4 wickets for 27 brought him Man of the Match award in the decisive game.