Team India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun has heaped praise on young Shardul Thakur, stating that he can play the role of a fast bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya’s absence. Arun also said that Thakur has proved that he can bat very well and thus, the team is looking forward to him playing the role of an all-rounder.
With the IPL 2021 suspended, the focus of entire cricket world is on the upcoming summer in England, where India will play the inaugural World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton, starting June 18. Following this, India will stay in England for the next 40 days to prepare for the upcoming five-match Test series against England. It is understood that India will play two intra-squad matches for practice in the meantime.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced the squad for the long summer and the team is expected to travel within three weeks time. Shardul Thakur retained his spot in the squad after delivering a game-changing performance in Brisbane against Australia. Along with that, Thakur proved his batting abilities and also proved that he has a knack of taking wickets in crucial situations.
‘We need to manage him well and build on his strength’
Ahead of departing for England, bowling coach Bharat Arun opened up on Team India’s choices and revealed that Shardul Thakur can be seen playing the role of a fast-bowling all-rounder. “It is more of a selectors’ job to find them and then we can develop those all-rounders. Shardul has proved he can be an all-rounder. What he did in Australia was fabulous,” Arun said in a conversation conducted by the Ironwood Education Company.
“I wish you could just wish and develop bowlers like that. Hardik is an outstanding talent, but unfortunately, he had to undergo a back operation and then it’s not very easy to come back after that,” he added.
“He bowled against England, I thought he did a really good job. But, to sustain that we need to manage him well and build on his strength. So ideally, yes (we need to develop seam bowling all-rounder), there must be a few (in domestic cricket) because we are always on the circuit with the Indian team, we have not had an opportunity to look at the domestic all-rounders,” the bowling coach concluded.