Shardul Thakur is looking to change his introduction from a pacer to a bowling all-rounder; Thakur believes that he has raised his batting standards in recent times and one wouldn’t be incorrect to address him as an all-rounder.
Shardul Thakur, and the Indian team, were given a grand welcome on return to India from their historic series victory in Australia. Thakur played in the fourth and last Test match in Brisbane. Apart from picking 7 wickets in the match, the right-hander scored a crucial 67 runs in India’s first innings. His 123-run partnership with debutant Washington Sundar, who scored 62, kept India in the game and reduced the first innings trail.
It is conspicuous that he has improved his batting; Thakur completed a run-chase against West Indies with a 6-ball17; he has struck 7 first-class fifties scoring over 1300 runs.
“Yes, definitely, people can term me as an all-rounder. I’ve performed well with the bat as well. I’ve set the standards high now,” Shardul Thakur told Times of India.
Wicket off my very first ball on return was like a script from a drama: Shardul Thakur
The Gabba Test was Shardul Thakur’s second Test – he had to wait for two years to return to the Test eleven after bowling just 10 balls on his debut. The Mumbai seamer made his Test debut in 2018 against West Indies. However, his maiden Test was cut short as he left the field with an injury after bowling just 10 balls.
In Brisbane, after injuries to all the first-choice pacers and after the debut of two youngsters, Thakur was selected. ‘A script from a drama’ describes Shardul Thakur as he picked Marcus Harris’ wicket on his very first ball. The 29-year-old picked 7 wickets in the game and a vital 67-run innings for a complete all-round performance. He is selected for the upcoming series against England at home.
“It was like a script from a drama. I’m playing my second Test making a comeback after two years, and I get a wicket off my very first ball of the match itself! I know it was just my second Test.
“I must say nothing is easy. We’ve to grind, keep following our processes, keep working hard, and then just wait for your chances. Not everyone is lucky enough to play back-to-back Tests or get a lot of chances in a row,” Shardul Thakur added.