Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur expressed disappointment after being left out of India’s squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. He was left out of the 15-man squad but was added to the reserves alongside Deepak Chahar and Shreyas Iyer.
Team India picked their contingent for the ICC event and included as many as five spinners in it. It doesn’t come as a surprise considering the matches are to be held on the slow pitches in UAE. However, the T20 expertise of someone like Thakur could have benefitted the team profusely.
He has delivered for the team every time the situation was dire. Be it in the England series earlier this year or the recently concluded Test series in England, Thakur has an answer when things get desperate. In an exclusive interview with TOI, the 29-year-old felt his performances in white-ball cricket have been great.
“Yes, I’m a little disappointed. It’s everyone’s dream to play and win the World Cup for your country. If you talk about the Oval Test, then yes, it (my performance) was in the red-ball format.”
“But if you see, I have done well in both the departments in white-ball cricket too over a period of last two years. Now I’m part of the reserves for the World Cup, so I guess I have to be ready. I can get a call-up at any moment,” Thakur said.
“His guidance matters” – Shardul Thakur on MS Dhoni’s appointment as a mentor
Team India announced that former skipper MS Dhoni will be joining the squad as a mentor for the T20 World Cup. It was welcome news for Indian cricket fans. Shardul Thakur also stated that the appointment will boost the Indian team going into the marquee event.
“I’m very happy to see this development and it will only help our team. I have played for the last four-five years under him (at CSK), so there’s a definite role that he played in developing my game. His guidance matters,” Thakur added.
Thakur will be seen in action for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) when they take on Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.