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Shardul Thakur: Can CSK’s Man For All Seasons Be India’s ‘Man Friday’?

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Shardul Thakur was on Wednesday included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.© AFP

Shardul Thakur was on Wednesday named in India’s ICC T20 World Cup squad in place of left-arm spinner Axar Patel. This is a direct swap as Akshar will now be on the list of stand-by players, where Thakur was initially named as part of India’s preliminary squad for the showpiece event, which played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Will go India had kept a total of five spin bowlers in their initial squad keeping in mind the conditions in UAE and Oman, but even then Thakur’s exit was surprising. The medium pacer has impressed in all formats with his all-rounder ability. He has many variations in his arms with the ball in hand and has also shown his skill of using the long handle down the sequence.

His performance for Chennai Super Kings in the UAE leg of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has been phenomenal. He picked up 13 wickets in 7 matches for CSK, helping the team qualify for the playoffs. He went without a wicket in Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals but the team reached the final. Thakur has been a go-to for CSK skipper MS Dhoni and often did not respond to the captain’s call by picking up crucial wickets.

Dhoni will mentor Team India during the ICC T20 World Cup and he can get the best out of Thakur in situations where a bowler’s ability to utilize pace changes can be a key factor.

Not only his IPL performance, Thakur has been impressive in international cricket as well, playing for India. He has picked up 67 wickets across all formats for India and has contributed well with the bat down the order.

Thakur belongs to a rare breed of cricketers who simply cannot be judged on the basis of their career statistics. He is a utility cricketer who knows his role well in the team and has an amazing ability to perform when the team needs him the most.

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During the Test series Down Under or Oval Test matches, or on the many occasions he has performed well in limited overs cricket, Thakur’s contribution with both bat and ball is worth its weight in gold, regardless of his final match figures. be whatever. .

Both skipper Virat Kohli and mentor MS Dhoni are hopeful that Thakur will bring his A-game to the fore as India look to end their ICC title drought in the next one month.

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