Shardul Thakur, an incredible performer, enthusiastic bowler and a marvelous fielder, who was an unknown name before Nidahas Trophy 2018, now is trending across the world cricket. Yesterday, in the finals of Nidahas Trophy 2018 against Bangladesh, Thakur showed a stunning piece of play in the field and pulled off a great catch at the boundary. Everyone knows how dangerous Tamim Iqbal could be on his day, Shardul’s brilliant piece of fielding helped India to remove the dangerous-looking Tamim Iqbal for 15runs. India won this game by Karthik’s tremendous batting effort and also seized the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Because of achievements in the last T20I, Shardul is now leading the charts as far as wickets are concerned. With five wickets in his pocket, Shardul is the joint-highest wicket-taker of the series along with India’s T20 specialist pacer Jaydev Unadkat.
But these achievements weren’t quite enough for a Palghar, Maharashtra born boy, Shardul was born on October 16, 1991, and established himself as the spearhead of Mumbai’s attack. With the new ball, Thakur’s at-the-batsman method produces a neat counterpoint to Dhawal Kulkarni’s more metronomic style. He made his first-class debut in 2012 by playing against Rajasthan, where he picked only one wicket in his 23 over-spell. In 2016 Ranji Trophy final, Thakur picked eight wickets in the final against Saurashtra and confirmed Mumbai to win their 41st Ranji trophy title. Shardul’s this performance caught the attention of selectors, and he got his first pick-up call against Sri Lanka Tour.
In his debut one-day game, Thakur conceded 26 runs in his eight-over-spell and got the wicket of opener Niroshan Dickwella. After Sri Lanka tour, he has dropped from the team. After a couple of months, he also got his first call for the limited overs game, against South Africa tour 2018, Thakur conceded 31 runs in his four overs spell and got the only wicket of Hendricks. After Proteas tour when all the senior players have been rested for the Nidahas Trophy 2018, Thakur got another chance to prove himself in the absence of Star bowlers Bhuvi and Bumrah. But this time Thakur used this chance as a golden-chance and got six-wickets in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 and join the highest wicket taking club along with Jaydev Udanakat.
It is difficult to say. However, Thakur’s current performance will book his place for the 2019 World Cup squad. But it is be said that if he continues his performance, selectors might consider him as an extra option.